Manchester City v Chelsea - Name YOUR Chelsea starting eleven

Tomorrow night Chelsea take on Manchester City in the biggest Premier League game of the season so far and I am asking Chelsea fans all o...

Tomorrow night Chelsea take on Manchester City in the biggest Premier League game of the season so far and I am asking Chelsea fans all over the world to name the Chelsea team you want to see start in this one!

After the frustration of West Ham last week, Jose Mourinho takes his Chelsea team to free scoring Man City and has already stated that he will set his side up to play to win. So who should play in order for us to do that?

I personally believe that we should be playing the strongest eleven we have available and immediately find myself asking if Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah are part of that eleven?

I would have Matic starting all day long in the holding midfield role as we have already seen the influence he gives us but the bigger issue for me is who starts next to him?

If Jose Mourinho intends to play counter attacking football, he could start with Mikel next to Matic for his defensive instincts in front of our back four. The key in this game could be to negate the space between our midfield and defence and in front of the two centre backs in particular, Mikel would add to that.

However, and as Jose has stated, we are going there with the intention to win so it looks more likely that Ramires would start for his energy and tenacity in the middle. I would have Ramires and Matic start tomorrow.

As for our attacking three? Eden Hazard and Oscar pick themselves without question but who will start wide right - Willian, Schurrle or the new signing Mohamed Salah?

I am of the opinion that we can really get at Manchester City with pace down either wing and especially on the counter attack. Despite City free scoring at the moment, they are conceding goals and someone like Zabaleta could be exposed for his lack of pace all game long.

I would start with Willian with a view to giving Mohamed Salah 30 minutes to come on and really go at City.

So the attacking three would be Hazard, Oscar and Willian to start with.

At the back I am concerned with Ivanovic playing right back. I would prefer in this one to play Azpilicueta at right back and bring Ashley Cole back in on the left hand side BUT we cannot discount Jesus Navas starting on City's right can we!

I think it's more and more likely that Navas WILL start so we have no choice but to continue with Ivanovic on the right and Azpilicueta on the left hand side.

In the middle it should be as you were with Gary Cahill alongside John Terry as both have been impressive this season so far with Cahill being arguably, our best defensive performer !

Up front I wonder if Jose Mourinho will stick with Samuel Eto'o in the absence of Fernando Torres or if he will go with Demba Ba up front for this one?

Based on previous selections it's Eto'o all day long but we have seen Demba Ba come up trumps in these big games before haven't we!

I personally would be tempted to give Demba Ba the start here. We can use his physical presence up against the likes of Kompany to keep him occupied allowing the likes of Hazard, Willian and Salah to attack the full backs!

So to sum up, the team I would start with tomorrow would be as follows:

Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry(c), Azpilicueta, Matic, Ramires, Willian, Oscar, Hazard and Ba.

What do you think?

Carefree & KTBFFH!

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  1. Cech - Ivanovic Cahill Terry Cole - Matic Ramires - Willian Oscar Hazard - Eto'o

    1. Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpi; Matic, Ramires; William, Oscar, Hazard; Eto'o

  2. cech - ivanovic cahill terry aspi - luiz - ramirez obi - Willian Hazard - Ba

  3. How come jose always like playing his best cards first , why not start with oscar willian, shurle and bring in hazard to change the game in the second half Or start with Ba and bring Eto later on in the game. When the contest is heated we should have someone who can come from the bench and change the game.

  4. Cech Ivanovic Cahill Terry Azpil Luiz Matic Hazard Oscar Ramires Eto

  5. Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpi, Matic, Ramires, Hazard, Oscar, William, Eto'o

  6. Cech Azpilicueta Luiz Terry Cole Matic Ramires Hazard Oscar Schurrle Eto'o

  7. Cech; Ivanovic; Terry; Cahill; Cole; Azpilicueta; Matic; Ramires; Schurrle; Hazard; Oscar

  8. Cech
    ivanovic; cahil; terry; azp
    matic; luiz
    willian; oscar; hazard

  9. cech
    iva terry cahill azpili
    mikel matic
    schurlle oscar hazard

  10. It is Eto all the way since Torres is not available. I wonder how you chose to start with Ba of all people. The guy won't even have a chance at goal all day long. The guy should have been given to Arsenal for free long time ago. I don't see what he is offering the team. he is no longer the Ba of Newcastle.

  11. If Jose should play this selected player at the first half of the match, then we have no good player to change the team if the needing arise. I will prefare: cech, ivanovic, Azplicueta, Terry, cahil Mikel Ramires, Osca, Hazad, William, Eto. This is because the engine room of Manchester city is the midfield were Toure, Silva and Co will have to be lock. If we can achieve that, then I suggest we will shall make a great impact. Our Substitute should be: Shwanza, Luis, Matic, Salah, Cole, Shurrele and Ba

  12. My team is: Cech,ivanovic,Cahill,Terry,Azpilicueta,Ramires,Matic,Hazard,Oscar,Willian and Eto'o. Matic would battle Yaya Toure and Willian on the left to track Navas because he is more defensive and Hazard doesn't get too tired running back all the time

  13. Cech
    iva gary terry azpi
    matic lampard
    rami oscar hazard

  14. Jose has always against big teams away from home lined us up as a 4-3-3 (arsenal away/man utd away even against teams like southampton). The former both were 0-0. So I expect Jose to do the same again.

    Personally i would like to see us go 4-2-3-1:
    Same as above apart from

    Subs Schurrle/Salah/luiz

  15. Cech
    Ivan-Cahill - jt - azpi
    Hazard-Oscar -William

  16. cech
    iva gary terry azpi
    matic rami
    salah oscar hazard

  17. Cech, luiz, caahil, cole, ivanovic, ramires, matic, oscar, willian, hazard, ba its my team

  18. 4-3-3... Iva terry cahil azp
    Mikel rami Matic
    William hazard

  19. Cech,ivanovic,cahil,terry,azpilicueta,ramires,matic,willian,oscar,hazard,eto'o...that's the lineup,go go go go go chelsea we got your back

  20. Cech Azpilicueta Ivanovic David Terry Ramirez Lampard ocsar hazard Andrew samuel

  21. Cech terry ivanovic cahil cole luiz lampard hazard Oscar William or salah...nd eto......becoz firstly cole has the nerves for this kind of matches nd second luiz is exelent with his long balls which will make a difference....nd thirdly salah should start coz he is unknown to man city nd the premier league....he can be the trump card for Chelsea......what say i right??

  22. Does not matter whom we start with. We are going to get thrashed royally...........

    1. Only in your dream my friend

  23. This will be our starting lineup. Cech > Ivanovic - Cahill - Terry - Azpi > Matic - Luiz > Hazard - Oscar - Ramires > Eto'o

  24. cech...iva,terry,cole...mikel,ramirez...willian,oscer,harzad...eto.

  25. Cech
    Azpillicueta - Cahill - Terry - Cole
    Matic - Luiz
    Willian - Ramires - Hazard

  26. ----------cech-------



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