N’Golo Kante benched, Hudson-Odoi starts – The Chelsea team Frank Lampard should pick vs Rennes

Chelsea will be hoping to continue their run of good form when they take on Rennes in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

The Blues will be coming off the back of thumping both Krasnodar and Burnley in their past two matches and clean sheets have come a lot easier.

Frank Lampard’s side are in a good position in Group E and a win would be a massive step in getting qualification into the last 16.

But what team should he pick? Our writers have their say.

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Oliver Harbord

Victory against Rennes would all but guarantee a spot in the last 16 for Chelsea in the Champions League.

It would give them seven points, while if Sevilla beat Krasnodar then they will have the same, meaning the two clubs would be in the driving seat.

That’s why Lampard has to play his strongest team in this game to secure their position, even with another Premier League game on Saturday.

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At the back, there shouldn’t be any change from Reece James, Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma and Ben Chilwell, while three in the middle of the park worked really well.

Mason Mount and Kai Havertz were excellent to add creativity, while Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner either side of Tammy Abraham could be another dangerous trio.

With more substitutes allowed in European competitions, then Lampard can make changes throughout should the Blues be looking comfortable.

Chelsea: Mendy; James, Silva, Zouma, Chilwell; Havertz, Kante, Mount; Ziyech, Abraham, Werner.

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Alan Smith

Why change something that has been working? Lampard may keep changes to a minimum against Rennes tomorrow evening despite concerns over giving players sufficient rest during such a busy stretch.

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