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Chelsea’s Potential Starting Lineup for the Premier League Opener Against Liverpool

Chelsea is gearing up for an exciting start to the Premier League season under the guidance of their new manager Mauricio Pochettino.

After what has been deemed by many as a successful pre-season, in which the Blues demonstrated new tactics and determination under the new management, they are now ready to make an impact. Let’s take a closer look at how they might line up for this crucial encounter against Liverpool, based on what we have seen so far in preseason.

Formation and Attack

Under Pochettino’s management, Chelsea could opt for a traditional 4-2-3-1 formation, aiming to strike a balance between solid defence and a potent attacking lineup.

Leading the strike force, we could see Nicolas Jackson playing as the number nine, using his pace and finishing abilities to trouble Liverpool’s defenders.

He has been pivotal in pre-season, both scoring and contributing to multiple assists. Just behind him, Christopher Nkunku could operate in the number 10 position, utilising his creative vision and experience in finding the net.

Wings and Midfield

On the left wing, the young dynamo Mykhailo Mudryk could provide width and offensive threat by using his technical skills and blistering pace to torment Liverpool’s right-back.

Despite a slow start since signing in January, his pre-season has been more promising, finally scoring his first goal for the club. The manager has been vocal about him being in his plans and expects him to improve.

The right-wing selection is a little more uncertain with either Raheem Sterling or Ian Maatsen vying for the spot.

Sterling’s speed and dynamism could be valuable against Liverpool’s backline, but he is yet to convince Chelsea fans with his lack of goals, however, his experience may outweigh that.

On the other hand, Maatsen’s versatility and defensive contribution may also earn him consideration, having contributed two goals in pre-season and impressing in his overall contribution to the team.

In central midfield, Enzo Fernandez is expected to command the defensive midfield role, shielding the backline and providing crucial defensive cover.

After signing for a club and Premier League record of £106.8 million in January, he was a shining gem in the Chelsea side that performed so poorly last season and is expected to be key next season and a pillar in what Pochettino is hoping to build.

Partnering with him will be either Connor Gallagher or Cesare Casadei as the Blues could establish an energetic and well-rounded midfield duo.

Both of these players deliver stability and creativity as they aim to control the midfield battle. So far, both players seem to have the determination and energy to force their way into the team.

Gallagher has more experience in the team, and despite an overall poor team performance last season, he had his moments of brilliance.

On the other hand, Casadei had a phenomenal Under-20 World Cup in which he was the top goal scorer with seven goals and two assists. However, with a new signing expected in this position, there may be further competition for the starting spot.

Defence and Goalkeeper

At the back, Chelsea’s solid defensive lineup gives Pochettino plenty of options.

In the left-back position, Ben Chilwell could capitalise on his attacking instincts, surging forward while remaining defensively sound. Alongside him, the experienced Thiago Silva brings additional composure and leadership to the heart of defence.

Levi Colwill, the young and promising centre-back, could partner with Silva, showcasing his potential while learning from a seasoned campaigner.

Finally, Reece James is likely to assume his role as the dynamic right-back, contributing both offensively and defensively with his speed and crossing abilities. With the captaincy still up for grabs, James is a favourite to take the role.

In goal, Kepa Arrizabalaga has the potential to start the season for Chelsea under the guidance of Pochettino.

The manager may have faith in the goalkeeper’s ability to regain the form that was expected from him when he signed for a then-record fee for a goalkeeper. While there are a few young players in Chelsea’s ranks hoping to leave their mark, after Eduoard Mendy left the club, we all expect Kepa will have very little competition as it stands.

As It Stands

While this predicted line-up is subject to change and only a prediction, under the management of Mauricio Pochettino, Chelsea’s blend of experienced players and emerging talent should provide a formidable side for the Premier League opener against Liverpool.

With the right balance of attacking flair, creative midfield support and a solid defensive structure, the Blues hope to make a strong statement and secure a positive result.

While there is still a decent amount of time until the transfer window shuts and we all still expect more signings to come in after the mass exodus, it’s safe to say great things are to come at the Bridge.