Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea adventure continues as he takes his side to St Mary’s in the Saturday lunchtime fixture to face Southampton.
The Blues are unbeaten since Tuchel’s arrival last month, winning five in a row and conceding just one goal in that period to boot.
With some players injured and others returning to fitness for this game, let’s have a look at the starting lineup the Blues should go with to condemn the Saints to a seventh consecutive league defeat.
Edouard Mendy (GK) – Was dropped for the midweek game but the manager assured everyone he is still the number one, so he’ll start here.
Cesar Azpilicueta (CB) – The Spaniard has moved back into his third centre-back role in this new system at Stamford Bridge and has impressed.
Andreas Christensen (CB) – With Thiago Silva out injured once again, Christensen will continue as the stand-in and look to continue his good form.
Antonio Rudiger (CB) – The key man since the arrival of Tuchel, Rudiger seems to be a guaranteed starter.
Callum Hudson-Odoi (RM) – CHO seems to be a favourite of Tuchel’s, and will likely keep his place in the team this weekend.
Mateo Kovacic (CM) – Enjoying the best spell of his Chelsea career right now.
Jorginho (CM) – With the new coach favouring possession over pressing, the Italian is keeping N’Golo Kante in the stands right now and should start once again.
Marcos Alonso (LM) – Brought in from the cold, Alonso is back in his preferred position and looks an attacking threat down the left flank once again.
Kai Havertz (RW) – Fit again after a short spell out injured, the German’s only Premier League goal of the season came in the reverse fixture.
Timo Werner (ST) – After a 14 game goalless streak, Werner finally got a goal against Newcastle.
Mason Mount (LW) – The England international’s good form has continued despite the dismissal of Lampard and he should start in a slightly more advanced role here.