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Goalkeeper decision and Kante starts – The Chelsea team Thomas Tuchel should pick vs Southampton

Thomas Tuchel could be tempted to shuffle his pack on Saturday when Chelsea face Southampton in the Premier League.

Or, on the flip side, he could look to keep some continuity in his team selection after his unbeaten start to life as Chelsea head coach. A victory over Southampton will be a fifth in a row in the Premier League and a sixth on the spin in all competitions.

Saints meanwhile are in a dire run of form having lost their last six in a row in the top flight to see them slide down the standings to 13th.

Tuchel may well have one eye on Tuesday’s massive Champions League last 16 first leg tie against Atletico Madrid in Bucharest when it comes to his team selection for Saturday. While he won’t admit it, you certainly wouldn’t blame him.

Tuchel is unlikely to rush back Thiago Silva for Saturday though the Brazilian did return to training this week, as did Kai Havertz as both have recovered from injuries which has seen them miss three and four games respectively.

Tammy Abraham is a doubt for Saturday having suffered an ankle injury in the victory over Newcastle which forced him off in the first half of the 2-0 win but he was back in training on Friday so could be an outside shout for the matchday squad.

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There are plenty of players for Tuchel to choose from though so if he does choose to rotate his players for Saturday’s game, it should still be a strong one.

Here, our Chelsea reporters Sam Inkersole and Adam Newson have their say on who should start at St Mary’s.

Sam Inkersole

I think that Tuchel will change things up a bit at Southampton as while he will want to win the game, clearly, he will also be looking at Tuesday’s big game in Europe.

But it should still be a strong enough side to beat Southampton, who are in a dire run of form having suffered six straight defeats.

Edouard Mendy should return in goal, basically…

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