N’Golo Kante decision and Giroud starts – The Chelsea team Thomas Tuchel should pick vs Everton

Chelsea face another pivotal clash in their quest for a top four finish on Monday when they host Everton at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues moved into the top four courtesy of a 1-0 victory over Liverpool on Thursday night, a result that was far more comfortable than the narrow scoreline suggests.

Mason Mount popped up with the winner five minutes before half time as Chelsea won at Anfield for the first time in the league since 2014. The visitors didn’t concede a shot on target to the reigning champions until five minutes from time when Gini Wijnaldum’s tame header was easily saved by Edouard Mendy.

Thomas Tuchel, unbeaten in ten games since taking over from Frank Lampard, will likely be using his squad to its full extent as the hectic fixture schedule continues apace and with the Blues fighting in three competitions as it stands, might be tempted to rotate his players around for hosting former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti on Monday.

The upwardly mobile Toffees have won their last three games in a row to put themselves firmly in the equation for a top four finish. With Man City cantering away at the top of the table towards the league title, the race for fourth is going to be one of the more engrossing storylines in the run-in.

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Trying to second guess Tuchel and a team he might pick is borderline impossible as he has yet to name an unchanged side for any of his matches in charge but if we were in his shoes, who would we go with?

Our Chelsea writers Sam Inkersole and Adam Newson have both had their say and here is who they would select.

Sam Inkersole

There isn’t much of a need for Tuchel to completely change his starting eleven for Monday’s game though I think there will be some changes.

One of them will likely come in defence with Marcos Alonso replacing Ben Chilwell, who has started the last two games in quick succession.



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