With the season on the verge of starting, everybody is trying to work out how Chelsea will line-up.
Plenty of players proved they deserve a starting spot in the pre-season tour so Mourinho will have a bit of a selection headache come Sunday.
It is undoubtedly a nice problem for the manager to have but a problem nonetheless, so based on pre season form and match fitness here is my team to face the newly promoted and newly named Hull City Tigers on Sunday.
The only easy call to make, Schwarzer is a solid keeper and a good back-up but it is doubtful he will start much more than cup games unless needed through injury.
We all got used to seeing Azpilicueta at right-back last season and no doubt he will end up sealing the spot for himself again soon enough but his performance against Roma showed his match fitness and mental sharpness isn’t at the level it needs to be yet so the Serb gets the spot.
Luiz has a lingering hamstring injury so it seems pointless playing him unnecessarily until he is fit and Cahill has, with the exception of the Madrid match, been very impressive throughout the pre-season and so well deserving to start this game.
The skipper has returned to fitness and looks to be in the best shape we have seen him in for a long time. Spending most of last season out of the team for one reason or another has clearly driven him to want to play a big part this season. It wouldn’t be fitting on Mourinho’s return to have any other player wear the captain's armband so JT has to start.
Despite Bertrand looking, this summer, like a player very capable of taking over from Cole once the legend steps down, that time isn’t now. Until that day comes, if Cole is fit, he plays simple as.
One of the standout players this pre season and clearly well loved by Mourinho who apparently tried to bring him to Madrid just before we bought him. He scored himself plenty of goals over the summer and his never ending running is the perfect counterbalance to any of the more static mids we have to play alongside him.
DM: Van Ginkel
It was a strong possibility the young Dutch player of the year would head out on loan this season but Van Ginkel has featured very heavily this summer and has clearly won Mourinho over and me too. He shows composure and control beyond his years and despite still needing to polish his game, a home game against Hull will be the perfect introduction to the Premier League.
The German has been a bit hit and miss this summer but has still looked pretty sharp, like Van Ginkel the game against Hull will be a great way of introducing him to the Stamford Bridge faithful in a fairly unpressurised game environment.
Despite player nearly 90 games last season for club and country Oscar has returned to the club looking like he has barely played half that figure. Oscar didn’t play a full pre season due to being at the Confederations Cup but in every game he has played so far he has been outstanding.
The Belgian looks set to start this season the same way as he started the last, he has been a key part of nearly everything going forward this summer. With Mata not being 100% fit and unlikely to play Hazard and Oscar are going to be relied upon until the Spaniard can return.
In my opinion the standout performer this summer. He looks stronger, faster and sharper than both Torres and Ba and the Belgian tank netted a bag full of goals. With the impending transfer of Rooney, Lukaku will be wanting to prove to Mourinho he already has the man to lead the line at the club so expect a performance.
Subs: Schwarzer, Luiz, Azpilicueta, Essien, Lampard, Moses, Torres.
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