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Premier League 2018/19: Chelsea’s expected lineup vs Cardiff City

Rishabh Gupta

Chelsea's expected lineup vs Cardiff City

TheSportsRush brings Chelsea’s expected lineup vs Cardiff City as Maurizio Sarri’s side aims to continue the winning run this season.

Maurizio Sarri’s football philosophy, ‘Sarri-ball,’ has been well-adapted by Chelsea so far. They still look sloppy in defence, and Sarri needs to find a perfect balance for high-press and high-line.

After heading to the international break with a perfect record in the league, the Blues return to Stamford Bridge as they host Cardiff City. Cardiff faces a tough challenge in the Premier League, as four of their six upcoming games are against top-six sides of 2017/18 campaign.

They posed a tough fight against Unai Emery’s Arsenal, where they showed immense character in coming back twice into the match. However, they conceded a late goal to Alexandre Lacazette which made the difference in the end.

As Chelsea takes another step towards closing-in with Liverpool for the first position in the table, theSportsRush takes a look at their expected lineup.

Goalkeeper: Kepa Arrizabalaga

The Spanish new recruit has so far been solid for Chelsea, and is likely to continue in front of the goal.

Defence: Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso

Even though the defence has struggled with ‘Sarri-ball’ so far, the Italian manager would want his players to adapt to his philosophy and field the same defensive line-up against Cardiff City.

Also read: Premier League 2018/19: Manchester United’s expected lineup vs Watford

Midfield: Jorginho, Kovacic, Kante

N’Golo Kante seems to have assumed his new role quite efficiently in the middle of the pitch. The French midfielder, who played in a more defensive position under Antonio Conte, now makes penetrative runs into opposition’s half under Maurizio Sarri. With him, Jorginho and Kovacic make an effective midfield trio.

Forward: Willian, Morata, Hazard

Alvaro Morata could still keep his position as first-choice forward against Cardiff City. The Spanish forward may have not impressed the Blues so far, but Sarri might give him  an opportunity in a relatively easier game. Willian and Hazard will continue on either wings.


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Rishabh Gupta

Rishabh Gupta

A sports enthusiast. Sports, I believe, is one of the few powers which help us grow, both as an individual and society. With each day, in the rich world of sports, I grow.

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