How we expect Chelsea to lineup against Burnley


homas Tuchel will have to juggle his squad again, with Chelsea still missing a host of players for Saturday’s clash with Burnley.

Despite Lukaku running for the first time since suffering his own ankle injury, he will not be available until after the international break at the earliest.

Christian Pulisic could make his first Premier League appearance since the opening day of the season after coming through the Malmo game unscathed.

N’Golo Kante was left back at Cobham as the rest of the Chelsea squad travelled to Sweden in order to get a full week of preparation for Burnley.

Despite Burnley sitting third from bottom heading into Saturday’s game, Tuchel has warned his side that they could be victims of an upset against Sean Dyche’s strugglers.

He said: “We expect a very tough match and an opponent who is a bit short of points but not short of performance.

“Burnley plays a strong, very intense game, they are very courageous in their approach like how they played at Manchester City with high and intensive pressing so we need to be on our best level to match all the intensity they bring.

“We demand a lot from our players and from ourselves, but it is necessary that we bring all this to the pitch because there is a strong opponent waiting.

“It could be reasonable to say that we have won six of seven matches, somehow we will manage it again as we have a home game and we have a strong squad, but we have to be at the 100 percent level, 95 is not enough and that is why we push everybody, no matter if we are tired or not.”

Chelsea predicted XI: Mendy; Christensen, Silva, Rudiger; James, Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Chilwell; Ziyech, Havertz, Hudson-Odoi

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