Loftus-Cheek decision and Abraham back – The Chelsea team Frank Lampard should pick vs Man City

After getting their Premier League restart under way with a comeback win over Aston Villa, Chelsea take on Manchester City on Thursday night.

It will be a huge test for Frank Lampard’s side at Stamford Bridge, with Pep Guardiola’s start having made a superb start over the past week.

While the Blues won the game at Villa Park on Sunday, there were still some issues which need resolving for the Blues boss, which might mean some changes.

But what should the starting XI be for the Blues head coach this week?

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Oliver Harbord – Chelsea correspondent

Sunday wasn’t the perfect performance from Chelsea and there might have to be some changes at the back, and I would take Andreas Christensen out of the team to be replaced by Kurt Zouma.

Meanwhile, Reece James had a rusty five minutes when he came on, but the extra pace might be needed and he should come in at right-back, with Cesar Azpilicueta shifted to left-back.

I wouldn’t change anything in the midfield three, with a solid performance from N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Mason Mount.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek got his fist Premier League minutes in more than a year, but he should come out of the starting XI to be replaced with Christian Pulisic.

Harbord’s team (4-3-3): Kepa; James, Zouma, Rudiger, Azpilicueta; Kovacic, Kante, Mount; Willian, Giroud, Pulisic.

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Alan Smith – Senior Writer

Frank Lampard may have got bits of his starting XI wrong at Villa Park.

Giroud instead of Abraham? Christensen instead of Zouma? But his substitutes worked and Kante was terrific at the base of midfield.

The Frenchman should stay there despite Jorginho’s return from injury and if so the other two midfielders will retain their places.

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