Chelsea were on a 14-game unbeaten run but that streak came to an abrupt halt this weekend when West Bromwich Albion beat then 5-2 in the Premier League.
The loss was pretty humiliating enough since the Blues conceded five goals at home but they will now look to redeem themselves when they face FC Porto in the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday.
This is an away game for Chelsea and they should be going into this crunch match with pretty high hopes as they have kept a clean sheet in 6 of their last 8 matches in the Champions League. Also, the manager has only two major injury concerns so Tuchel will have the luxury of choosing his best starting line-up.
FC Porto are in a rich vein of form themselves as they have suffered only two losses in their respective domestic league, picking up wins in each one of their previous four matches. The English side will go into this match as the favourites but under Tuchel, they are not scoring too many goals so there’s a big chance that Porto might stop them from picking up that crucial away goal.
Chelsea team news vs FC Porto:
Antonio Rudiger and Kepa Arrizabalaga were involved in a training ground bust-up on Sunday and some rumours claim Thomas Tuchel might choose to keep the centre-back out of the starting XI as a form of punishment.
Edouard Mendy will start in goal so that position is sorted but we don’t think the manager will take such a big risk of keeping Rudiger on the bench since the German has been in pretty decent form over the past few months.
Also, Thiago Silva had a howler vs West Brom, picking up two yellow cards in the first half of the match so it’s not likely that Tuchel will include him in the line-up on Wednesday.
Jorginho was another poor performer on Saturday but N’Golo Kante is still recovering from a thigh injury and by the looks of it, he is not going to be fit in time. If Kante is not available then the manager has no other choice but to use the pairing of Jorginho and Kovacic in midfield.
Marcos Alonso will be replaced by Ben Chilwell on the left-hand side while Callum Hudson-Odoi should also be coming back into the side in place of Reece James.
Christian Pulisic picked up a slight hamstring niggle during the weekend and it remains to be seen if he is fit in time or not.
Mason Mount came off the bench in the West Brom defeat but the England international is a guaranteed starter in the final third alongside Hakim Ziyech.
Timo Werner led the line in their previous match but we think Olivier Giroud might be called back into the starting line-up for the Porto game. Tammy Abraham is expected to be miss out once again.
How Chelsea could line up vs Porto:
Predicted Starting XI(3-4-2-1): Mendy; Rudiger, Christensen, Azpilicueta; Jorginho/Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Chilwell, Hudson-Odoi; Hakim Ziyech, Mason Mount, Olivier Giroud/Werner.
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