Chelsea vs Wolves starting XI: Tuchel recalls £29m man, drops Lampard favourite

Thomas Tuchel will have hardly broken into a sweat before he is thrust into choosing his very first matchday squad as Chelsea manager.

His inauguration comes on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League.

All eyes will turn to Tuchel and his team selection for opening night of what is a new era post Frank Lampard.

The club confirmed Lampard’s dismissal on Monday with arrangements already in place for his successor to take the lead.

Having been afforded less than a full day to train and to get to know his new squad, Tuchel’s starting line-up will be very telling of what the future has in store.

One of the most obvious choices is to persevere Edouard Mendy as the no.1. goalkeeper. Mistakes must be at a minimum if Chelsea are to hit the ground running, so expect an experienced back four to begin the game.

Cesar Azpilicueta may be reinstated over Reece James. Bringing back the captain instead of the 21-year-old should lift those around him, especially playing next to Thiago Silva, who has a rich relationship with Tuchel from their time at Paris St Germain.

Antonio Rudiger might be the surprise pick of the pack. The £29m (BBC Sport) signing rarely got a sniff under Lampard but was famously wanted by Tuchel (RMC) in France so could be offered redemption. Ben Chilwell remains as the customary left-back.

Tuchel will likely opt for a similar three-man midfield to his predecessor, but only in shape instead of personnel. Mason Mount keeps his place; however, he may be shocked to see Jorginho beside him.

The 28-year-old was in and out under Lampard, yet he is another Tuchel identified at PSG (Daily Mail) so it’s assumed he shall remain loyal.

Kai Havertz will be hoping his fellow countryman turned boss can help rediscover the form that made him such a prospect in Germany. Havertz could be given the freedom to express himself further afield as the point of the midfield trio.

Imagine the same kind of expectancy from Timo Werner, who also needs a boost from someone who speaks his physical and metaphorical language.

Despite his hat-trick heroics midweek, Tammy Abraham might have to watch on as Werner starts through the middle. A former student of Tuchel at Borussia Dortmund, Christian Pulisic, could become the new teacher’s favourite on one flank.

Making up the attacking trident is Hakim Ziyech as Tuchel tries to recreate the forward line he wielded at PSG.

Chelsea Predicted XI: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger, Chilwell; Mount, Jorginho, Havertz; Werner, Abraham, Ziyech


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