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Chelsea: Does Mourinho know his strongest XI?

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Chelsea have enjoyed a healthy preseason by winning all their games in America and Asia, barring a Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Real Madrid win in the final of the International Champions Cup.

However, Jose Mourinho may have an issue on his hands as he heads into the new Premier League season seemingly not knowing his strongest starting 11 out of his exciting squad of players.

Oscar's place in particular may be up for grabs as Mourinho may not favour the trio of the Brazilian, Eden Hazard, and Juan Mata as it may lack defensive structure.

Chelsea's free-form of three playmakers from last season may be a risk when the Blues are penned back in games; Oscar is usually defensively disciplined but is not a natural wide player, this may mean that the 21-year-old will drift inside and leave his area open to a counter-attack.

For this reason the Chelsea boss may favour the natural traditional wing play of Nigerian Victor Moses, 22, who enjoyed a brilliant pre-season, producing strength in running and defensive solidarity.

The signing from Wigan seems a typical Mourinho player: hardworking and clinical on the counter-attack, meaning that he may stake a claim to be among the first names on the teamsheet come the start of the Premier League season, with Mourinho adding the Nigerian has been "terrific".

Another somewhat surprise to some fans is the blistering form shown by Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian was initially signed from Genk in January of 2012, but immediately loaned back to the Belgian side, he also spent the 2012/13 season loan at Werder Bremen.

Anyone who had watched the Bundesliga closely would see De Bruyne's exciting performances for Chelsea as no surprise. The Belgian kept Bremen in the top flight in a severely poor side - to put the quality into perspective, Bremen are the German equivalent to a Premier League side such as Sunderland, or Aston Villa - his inspired performances resulted in him bagging Bremen's Player of the Year award.

De Bruyne's main qualities are his long passing and powerful shots from range; he also possesses quite the work-rate which also makes him suit the mould which Mourinho typically favours.

Summer signing Marco van Ginkel has also shown Chelsea fans what to expect come the start of the season against Hull, with the Dutchman game-by-game progressing in his holding role, and building relationships with the playmakers that will usually sit in front of him.

While the two holding roles (assuming Mourinho will favour 4-2-3-1) also provide great competition amongst the Chelsea squad, with the likes of Ramires, Frank Lampard, John Obi Mikel and Michael Essien all vying for a spot in the Portuguese's side.

Based on the form of the Chelsea squad in their pre-season tours, here are the 11 top performers:

GK - Petr Cech

RB - Branislav Ivanovic

CB - John Terry (C)

CB - Gary Cahill

LB - Ashley Cole

CDM - Van Ginkel 

CDM - Ramires

RAM - Victor Moses

CAM - Kevin De Bruyne

LAM - Eden Hazard/Bertrand Traore

ST - Romelu Lukaku

 

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