Thomas Tuchel has brought Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger, Ben Chilwell, Mason Mount and Kai Havertz into his Chelsea side for tonight’s Champions League quarter-final first leg against FC Porto.
The Blues head coach has made five changes to the starting XI that suffered a shock 5-2 defeat against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
Edouard Mendy starts in goal for the Blues and will be hoping to maintain his impressive record in this season’s Champions League – the Senegal international has only conceded one goal in seven matches.
Cesar Azpilicueta is on the right of the back three and captains Chelsea. On the left is Antonio Rudiger who starts despite getting into a training ground bust-up with Kepa Arrizabalaga on Sunday.
Which defender lined-up in the middle of the back three was one of the biggest decisions Tuchel had to make and he’s gone with the in-form Andreas Christensen over the experience of Thiago Silva.
At right wing-back is Reece James while Ben Chilwell, who was rested against West Bromwich Albion, is on the left.
As expected, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic are the central midfielders. N’Golo Kante is only fit enough for the substitutes’ bench after recovering from a hamstring problem.
Mason Mount is back in the starting XI and Timo Werner gets another chance to get back his goalscoring touch – he has netted just once since the appointment of Tuchel.
The other big call the German coach had to make was who led the attack. And he has opted for Kai Havertz. Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham are on the substitutes’ bench.
Confirmed Chelsea side vs Porto: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Chilwell; Mount, Havertz, Werner
Chelsea substitutes: Kepa, Caballero, Zouma, Alonso, Emerson, Kante, Pulisic, Hudson-Odoi, Ziyech, Abraham, Giroud