After a horrific 2015/16 campaign, Chelsea are once again among the top teams in Premier League this season. New manager Antonio Conte has done some decent business during the summer transfer window and has re-shaped the squad at Stamford Bridge.
David Luiz’s signing on the deadline day raised some eyebrows but likes of N’Golo Kante, Marcos Alonso and Michy Batshuyi have all added great value to Chelsea’s squad this season.
After spending over £100million in the summer transfer window, Conte now needs to think of his best starting lineup which can help The Blues mount a serious title challenge this season.
Chelsea’s predicted starting lineup – 2016/17
Formation – (4-2-3-1)
Key Players – (Eden Hazard, Diego Costa, N’Golo Kante, Willian)
How will Conte line them up?
Over the years, Antonio Conte has been known to deploy a 3-5-2 system in his title winning Juventus side but we may see the Italian go with a more rigid 4-2-3-1 formation this season with N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic acting as the engine for his side.
Eden Hazard has once again found his touch and will look to replicate his form from the 2014/15 title winning season. David Luiz will most certainly start most of the matches alongside Gary Cahill.
I still believe Branislav Ivanovic is not the answer to Chelsea’s right back role and we may see Casar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso being Conte’s preferred full-back options for the season.
One player who has been left out of favor at Stamford Bridge this season is Cesc Fabregas, who has been restricted to a role from the bench. However as the season rolls on, I believe the Spaniard will be a key part of Conte’s plans and may start in the number 10 role behind the rejuvenated Diego Costa.
Chelsea have started the season on a positive note after winning their first three matches. It is now up to the players and Conte to keep the pressure on rest of the league as a title challenge looks more likely that ever.