Mudryk starts, Colwill call: Three ways Chelsea can line-up vs Tottenham amid Pochettino return


Chelsea head coach Mauricio Pochettino returns to Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow nearly four years after he was sacked. The Blues boss will take his side across the capital with one thing in mind: ending Spurs' unbeaten start in the Premier League.

Ange Postecoglou's men have won eight of their 10 opening games of the season and know that victory over Chelsea will see them return to the top of the Premier League after Manchester City's 6-1 win over AFC Bournemouth.

If Pochettino is to make a happy return to north London, he will be relying on his young squad to produce another quality display. Fortunately, Enzo Fernandez and Reece James are back meaning the Blues have a number of options to line-up.

So with that being said, have taken a look at three different ways the Blues could line-up against Tottenham...

Arsenal weapon

Chelsea's best performance of the season came in the 2-2 draw against Arsenal over two weeks ago. A common theme in the draw was the Blues enjoying success against a team which attacked them, leaving space for the likes of Mykhailo Mudryk and Cole Palmer.

Tottenham play on the front foot and look to hurt teams with their blistering pace in attack through Son Heung-min and James Maddison. If Chelsea can get their defensive game on point, Mudryk and Palmer could hurt Postecoglou's side.

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Fernandez and Moises Caicedo are forming a solid partnership in midfield giving the front four the free reigns to create.

XI (4-3-3): Sanchez; James, Silva, Colwill, Cucurella; Caicedo, Fernandez, Gallagher; Mudryk, Palmer, Jackson

Full throttle in attack

As it has been well-documented in the past, the bulk of Chelsea's issues comes in the final third. Despite the array of talent in the Blues' attacking ranks, they've managed only 13 goals this season.

However, with many tipping Spurs to win, the west Londoners could send shockwaves through the Premier League with a world-class attacking display. Of course, the Premier League isn't a video game, but playing five attack-minded players could work in their favour.

XI (4-2-3-1): Sanchez; James, Silva, Colwill, Cucurella; Caicedo, Fernandez, Mudryk, Palmer, Sterling, Jackson

Complete reshuffle

Pochettino could surprise his former employers with a rejig of his team completely. The midfield pivot of Caicedo and Fernandez is almost a guarantee in an attempt to stop James Maddison, Pape Matar Sarr and Yves Bissouma.

However, changing the backline could throw Postecoglou an unwanted curveball. It's predictable that Thiago Silva and Levi Colwill will start at centre-back, yet Benoit Badiashile's return could bolster the back four.

The Frenchman's pace and strength is likely to be too much for Richarlison, forcing the ball out to Son or Dejan Kulusevski. Mr. Chelsea through and through, Reece James, will be up for the derby leaving Colwill with the task of keeping Kulusevski quiet.

XI (4-2-3-1): Sanchez; James, Badiashile, Silva, Colwill; Caicedo, Fernandez, Mudryk, Gallagher, Palmer, Jackson

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