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Graham Potter’s first Chelsea XI to destroy Red Bull Salzburg predicted, four changes expected

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Graham Potter’s first Chelsea XI to destroy Red Bull Salzburg predicted, four changes expected

Chelsea manager Graham Potter will choose a team for the first time on Wednesday when the west Londoners face Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League.

The former Brighton manager, whose debut has been postponed owing to Premier League postponements last weekend, would almost certainly select his strongest possible starting lineup.

Potter will be hoping for a victory in his debut game as manager, especially after Chelsea were defeated by Dinamo Zagreb in their first European match.

SportsDias predicts the following lineup for the game.

Goalkeeper: Kepa Arrizabalaga

Kepa Arrizabalaga was the goalkeeper for Thomas Tuchel’s final game in command. And he’ll be in goal again tonight, with Edouard Mendy out due to injury.

Mendy has had a difficult season so far, and it will be interesting to see if Kepa can convince Potter to make him his No. 1.

Defenders: Wesley Fofana, Thiago Silva, Kalidou Koulibaly

Potter has mostly utilized a three-man defense in England, so Chelsea’s shape will be very similar to the one used most extensively under Tuchel.

The new head coach’s Brighton team proved particularly difficult to break down during his three years in command.

Chelsea will be hoping that they can stop conceding goals, which has been an issue for them this season. 

Potter will very certainly go with a full-strength center defense that includes Wesley Fofana, Thiago Silva, and Kalidou Koulibaly.

Cesar Azpilicueta would be dropped from last week’s lineup if Silva is reinstated.

Midfielders: Reece James, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Marc Cucurella

When Potter was in charge of Brighton, wingers were frequently employed as wing-backs, but there aren’t many players in the current Chelsea group who can fill that role.

It is also likely that the former Ostersunds manager would avoid making rash tactical moves in his debut game.

Marc Cucurella, who joined from Brighton two weeks before Potter, is also expected to feature regularly. The Spaniard might start at left wing-back but can also play in a back three and midfield.

Jorginho might be one of four changes to the lineup that was defeated in Zagreb.

Attackers: Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Raheem Sterling

One of Potter’s greatest challenges is getting goals from his attack. 

During the 47-year- old’s leadership, Brighton became known for under-performing in Expected Goals.

Chelsea, of course, has far superior finishers. The Blues will have no trouble scoring if they create as many chances as Brighton.

Potter’s biggest dilemma for Wednesday night will be whether to give Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang another start or to continue easing in the former Arsenal striker.

Kai Havertz might transition from his deeper role in Zagreb to playing up front.

Graham Potter’s first Chelsea XI to destroy Red Bull Salzburg predicted, four changes expected

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