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One month ago, I predicted what Chelsea’s side would look like for the 2017/18 campaign.

To put it plainly, I got it abysmally wrong.

Leonardo Bonucci, who I included at left-centre-back, has joined AC Milan. Alex Sandro, at left-wing-back, looks to be staying put at Juventus. Romelu Lukaku, well, we all know what happened there.

At the time the previous article was published, Chelsea had not made a single acquisition. We have now made four, and thus I should be able to make a more informed guess at how our side could look next season.

Here’s the starting eleven that Antonio Conte could name next term.

Disclaimer: It’s inevitably going to be way off again, but we’ll give it another go.

GK – Thibaut Courtois

We can confidently say that Thibaut Courtois will be lining up between the sticks next term. Unless new signing Willy Caballero channels his inner Manuel Neuer during Chelsea’s cup games, Courtois will have this spot firmly nailed down for a fourth consecutive season.

RCB – Antonio Rudiger

Welcome to the greatest club on Earth, Antonio Rudiger. Signed from AS Roma for a reported transfer fee in the region of £30M, Antonio Conte has finally drafted in defensive reinforcements. It would be a surprise if the German international didn’t slot straight into the starting side.

Antonio Rudiger

CB – Andreas Christensen

I’ve included Andreas Christensen here ahead of David Luiz for a number of reasons. For Christensen to agree to stick around this season, he must have been given assurances of first-team football. Conte signing Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata, who are all under 24, also suggests that he is thinking long-term.

LCB – Gary Cahill

Gary Cahill does not have many admirers among Chelsea fans, but he scarcely put a foot wrong last season. He will likely inherit the captain’s armband from John Terry, and be a cornerstone in Conte’s back-three once again.

RWB – Cesar Azpilicueta

Victor Moses was one of the surprise packages of the 2016/17 season, but it is difficult to see Cesar Azpilicueta, arguably the best defender in the Premier League, being left on the bench. The added defensive cover that Azpilicueta provides will prove to be invaluable both domestically and in Europe.

CM – Tiemoue Bakayoko

After what seemed like a year-long transfer saga, Tiemoue Bakayoko finally put pen-to-paper on his move to Stamford Bridge. On the back of the stellar campaign he enjoyed at AS Monaco last time around, he will likely slot straight into the midfield alongside compatriot N’Golo Kante.

Tiemoue Bakayoko joins chelsea

CM – N’Golo Kante

How could you possibly leave this man out? The FWA, PFA, PL and CFC Player of The Year, and one of the best midfielders on the planet. It remains to be seen whether he can replicate his world-class performances in the Champions League, but we’re about to find out.

LWB – Ryan Bertrand

In recent days, Chelsea have been linked with making a move to re-sign former left-back Ryan Bertrand. Having seemingly missed out on both Alex Sandro and Benjamin Mendy, Betrand does appear to be the most plausible option. It’d be great to see a Chelsea academy product in the side, too.

RW – Pedro

After a disappointing debut season at Stamford Bridge, Pedro’s goals and assists were influential in our success last campaign. He will likely hold down this spot in the side ahead of free-kick specialist Willian. Pedro’s experience in Europe will also be invaluable next term.

LW – Eden Hazard

Though he will miss the opening few games of the Premier League season, there can be no doubting that Eden Hazard will be starting every game while fit for Chelsea next season. He has established himself among the top ten players on the planet, and his influence in the Chelsea side is immeasurable. He now has a striker with genuine technical ability to link-up with, so we may well be about to see the very best of Hazard.

ST – Alvaro Morata

On Wednesday it was announced that Chelsea had reached an agreement with Real Madrid to sign Alvaro Morata. Having missed out on Romelu Lukaku, the club identified a plan-B, and got the deal over the line. Who knows, later down the line we may well see missing out on Lukaku as a blessing.

Bench: Caballero, David Luiz, Alonso, Matic, Fabregas, Willian, Batshuayi.

What do you think of our side? Let us know in the comments.

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28 Comments on "Predicting how Chelsea could line-up for 2017/18 campaign"

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ayo
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Comment:use 3-3-4 line up
coutois
rudiger Christensen luiz
Kante bakayoko
Drinkwater
perisic morata belotti hazard
use and be unstoppable

chimdi
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chimdi

Sorry I meant batshuayi and fabregas auto correct can really mess you up

chimdi
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chimdi

First of all I think bats hearing should be our no one striker and second of fabrics should be starting, without the cross king we would run short on creativity in passing

Olusanjo
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Olusanjo

Cortious Aplzecueta Luiz Chail Moses Kante Bakayoko Alonso Hazard Morata Pedro

mike
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mike

What about Victor Moses ?

Bluuzu
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Bluuzu

Marcos Alonso has an attacking flair that few defenders have, he also has a unique chemistry with Hazard. For me, he stays in the team.

Tim
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Rudiger in children out

Dami
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Dami

Seriously I will prefer Luiz in Cahill’s position

Emma Cliff
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Emma Cliff
*I do not see Luiz being dropped for anyone, not at this time. Christensen will have to earn his place in the team. *Rudiger is more effective in LCB than RCB whereas Christensen does better at RCB. *Rudiger should replace the English gentleman, Cahill (sadly) whereas Christensen plays RCB. *Azpilicueta… Read more »
nsobokele
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nsobokele

Comment:Moses, Luiz, Alonso always to be there

Kyle
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Kyle

Comment: Cahill out Luiz in

chimdi
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chimdi

Cahill is a really strong defender and I would have preferred courtious or azpilicueta as the new captain but Cahill is the new captain so I don’t think he’s going to be on the bench

Ogupit
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Ogupit

Comment:stylish Alonso

Musti
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Musti

My Friend..Sorry to say but than Victor Moses will keep his place as Right Winger and Marcos Alonso left wing as usual as last season, Back 3 will be occupied by Azpilicueta, Rudiger and Luiz..

cheers

Collins Isige
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Collins Isige

I think Willian should start rather than Pedro. He is incredibly wonderful player who does anything for his side

Musembi
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Willian for Pedro

Ola
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Comment: Christensen Can Be CB and still be on d bench @ D Same Time, Mine Is (Curtois, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Alonzo, Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Pedro, Hazard, Morata

Sailesh Phuyal
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Sailesh Phuyal

Bertrand over alonso is a good idea !

Sailesh Phuyal
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Sailesh Phuyal

Bertrand can be better than alonso !

Almighty Cukky
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Shit ! Where Z Luis And Fabregas? 4ck Dis Line Up,U Got It All Wrong…

sudip
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sudip

imaginative but david luiz out batrand in felling not good its just good for an article i think

samson
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david luiz is a must

Esias.
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Esias.

Seriously, I would prefer Christensen at LCB instead of Cahill and David Luiz at CB..

King Elejire
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King Elejire

The mentioned team is OK for me

Tutti
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Looks good enough Jamie, although I think Luiz is gonna be ahead of Christensen anyways. By the way, your bench list is wrong according to your article. Christensen is still on the bench and not Luiz! Make up your mind bruh!😁😁 One love from Nigeria.

dikko
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dikko

Batrand can’t replace Marcos Alonso as to rudiger and Christensen can’t take David luiz’s place

Eric
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Eric

This prediction is based on some form highness pill.dis lineup wouldn’t play a single for CFC dis season.

JH
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You have Christiansen twice, and no luiz

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