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Four ways Chelsea could line up against Liverpool

Ryan Sidle

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Four ways Chelsea could line up against Liverpool

Chelsea have a huge task ahead of them on Tuesday night, as they face Liverpool and have to change around their fortunes without Graham Potter, and their starting XI could be very different.

The Blues loss to Aston Villa at the weekend dropped them to 11th in the Premier League table, below Villa and rivals Fulham, and saw them pick up their 10th loss of the campaign.

With that, Potter was sacked, just seven months into a reign that seemed as doomed as most Blues managers find themselves, especially for the past few months.

There's a three man shortlist to replace the man who replaced Thomas Tuchel earlier this season, which includes the man who Tuchel replaced at Bayern Munich recently, Julian Nagelsmann.

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With no Potter in the job, and Todd Boehly not having replaced the former Brighton manager yet, Bruno Saltor is in charge for Tuesday night's game against the Reds.

Jurgen Klopp's side will be looking to bounce back at the hands of Manchester City at the weekend, and it's not a great place for Bruno to start.

Especially with the former Brighton player admitting he's never picked a team before, "Tomorrow is going to be the first time," he said of squad selection ahead of the game.

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"I have been coaching for four years and have been coaching under Graham.

"Obviously, he has been the manager and he always had the last word. It’s quite clear that it’s not been the case.

"I feel good. It is my duty. A duty and a responsibility. I am at a really important club and I want to try my best."

So with no past experience with picking a line up, and a f**k ton of players to choose from, we've decided to give the caretaker boss some help.

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How Bruno could line up. Image: buildlineup.com
How Bruno could line up. Image: buildlineup.com

The first selection feels like the most obvious way to go, sticking to Potter's tactics, and the ones that previous Chelsea managers have used.

On top of that, it's much of the same XI that lost to Villa, which might seem like a terrible decision, considering the result, but it's largely the best players.

N'Golo Kante comes into the starting team following his injury and Reece James returns to his more familiar wing back role, Bruno should go for this lineup realistically.

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Selection two. Image: buildlineup.com
Selection two. Image: buildlineup.com

Maybe Bruno will go for a more 'conventional' system and go for the Mike Bassett 4-4-2...Again the defence pretty much picks itself.

The midfield is where the Blues have most of their choices and seeing actual widemen in Madueke and Pulisic could be the way to get the best out of Aubameyang.

Bruno picking the best number nine at the club would be a hell of a risk, considering he hasn't played for most of the season, pair him with Havertz and watch both flourish, maybe.

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Team three
Team three

Okay, things are getting ever dafter, but Bruno's never picked a team so maybe he'll go for a diamond formation and stick Carney Chukwuemeka into the team.

Conor Gallagher may not usually play so far forward, but he is good at pressing and it would allow Felix to drop into the wide positions.

David Datro Fofana isn't exactly the signing that has come to mind for most people, but with Chelsea struggling to score goals, one may as well stick a different option in.

Team four.
Team four.

Who doesn't love a 3-4-1-2? We're bringing Mendy back in to keep goal into this one, with the French goalkeeper having looked like the number one for so long previously.

James is back into the centre of defence, where he does have the ability, with Hakim Ziyech getting to start on the wing instead.

Likewise could this finally be the way to get more out of Mykhailo Mudryk, who has been extremely poor since January and had another shocker on the weekend.

Pulisic has played through the middle before and the forward line, with Mudryk, has the chance to get in behind Liverpool's full backs, although Trent Alexander-Arnold might enjoy the freedom in behind.

Quite frankly, no one knows how Bruno is going to pick his team, and with so many options it's one of the most intriguing selections ever.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Football, Chelsea, Premier League, Chelsea Transfer News & Rumours, Graham Potter, Liverpool, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Ryan Sidle
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