Frank Lampard has some important decisions to make ahead of Chelsea’s crucial trip to Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday.
The Blues are looking to record their first win in three outings, having played out contrasting draws with Southampton and Sevilla over the past week.
They first blew a two-goal lead in last Saturday’s 3-3 epic with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side, before producing a much more disciplined display in Tuesday’s 0-0 stalemate with the Spanish club.
Lampard will be hoping for another solid defensive effort against United, but there are a number of selection dilemmas he must first address.
Frank Lampard has some important decisions to make ahead of Chelsea’s crucial trip to Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday
Only long-term absentee Billy Gilmour is unavailable for his side, meaning he has a few tough choices to make.
Which goalkeeper gets the nod at Old Trafford certainly isn’t one of them, with Edouard Mendy a banker to start ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga after making an impressive start to his Chelsea career.
When competing with world-class opposition, Lampard has sometimes tweaked his Blues setup to a slightly more compact 3-4-3 formation to shore up his backline.
Reece James should keep his place at right-back ahead of Cesar Azpilicueta
He is expected to stick with a four-man defence on Saturday, however, in order to accommodate more of his creative talent further forward.
Reece James has performed well of late and should keep captain Cesar Azpilicueta out of the side if Lampard does go with a back four.
New £50million man Ben Chilwell has been excellent since arriving from Leicester and should therefore start at left-back, while Thiago Silva’s big-game experience is needed alongside Kurt Zouma at centre-half.
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