Chelsea are coming off of a spectacular win against Burnley. This weekend they face Premier League newcomers Leicester City.
Last week’s game verified Jose Mourinho’s choice to stick with last season’s previous formation. With the addition of new players, this was always at question but it is clear now.
Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois
The most highly anticipated position in the Chelsea lineup was decided last week when the Belgian was unofficially named the starting goalkeeper for this upcoming season. Veteran Petr Čech has finally been outmatched by a taller, younger, and more skilled keeper. The ‘big change’ in Chelsea is the end of the Cech era, and the beginning of Courtois’.
Left Back: Filipe Luís
Ashley Cole is no longer an option at Chelsea, which leaves Luís as the only left footed defender at Chelsea. Cesar Azpilicueta, the most reliable player at Chelsea can virtually fill in any position, will likely be playing on the right.
Center Backs: Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma
John Terry, 33, is reaching the end of his career in which he can play a complete season. The addition of Kurt Zouma makes the Chelsea defense look much more sustainable than last season.
Right Back: Cesar Azpilicueta
Azpilicueta will be given the right to play on the right side, where he can use his right foot to swing in crosses. On the left, he was handicapped, but now he is free to roam ahead.
Center Defensive Midfielders: Cesc Fàbregas and Nemanja Matic
Matic and Fàbregas made an excellent pair last game. Fàbregas’ reintroduction to the Premier League stole the show with a fabulous assist to Andre Schürrle. Chelsea’s midfield is arguably the best in the world.
Right Attacking Midfielder: Eden Hazard
The Belgian wizard showed some promise in last week’s game after a disappointing World Cup. His last goal in the Premier League was in late March and he will be looking to get on the score sheet as soon as possible.
Center Attacking Midfielder: Oscar
Oscar showed in the World Cup and in the last game that he is not afraid to take a shot at goal. Since the departure of Juan Mata to Manchester United last year, Mourinho has fully trusted Oscar to fill the void.
Right Attacking Midfield: Willian
The Brazilian will join Oscar against Leicester. After coming on as a sub for Schürrle in the previous game, he will be looking to add pace and skill to the game.
Striker: Diego Costa
Costa’s first game in the Premier League opened up his goal account. He showed excellent movement, especially when Didier Drogba was included in the game.