GMS contributor Joseph Stuart assembles an XI that could have been fielded if Chelsea had signed all the players they were linked with over the summer, as well players currently at the club.

Petr Cech

A true Chelsea legend, Cech has held the goalkeeper's position for years.

Cech is still a fantastic goalkeeper, making outstanding saves and being a great leader as the club's third captain. The Czech international has tons of experience and is a scary figure when even the best of strikers are up against him.

An interesting fact: With all of his records for goal scoring, Barcelona super-star Lionel Messi has never put the ball in the net against Petr Cech. He even missed a penalty when the sides met in the Champions League two seasons ago. 

Branislav Ivanovic

One of the Premier League’s top scoring defenders last season, being able to play both at centre-back and right-back, Ivanovic is both strong and fast which makes him my choice for filling the hole on the right side of Chelsea’s defence. Much like Ashley Cole, Ivanovic likes to take the ball from his own half and just charge down the flank, battering midfielders and defenders with his strength.

He also has great aerial ability and netted Chelsea’s winner in their recent 2-1 victory over Aston Villa.

Gary Cahill

The English-man is a true centre back.

I chose him as he posses a little more speed than John Terry and will need to step up now as Terry begins to reach the later stages of his career. Much like the Chelsea captain, Cahill puts his body on the line every game trying to block any shot that an opposition is taking and defending as much as he can to prevent the other team having a chance.

The England centre-back has a good physical presence and is always a tough obstacle for Premier League strikers to deal with. Cahill is also useful in attack especially from set-pieces with a great eye for headers and a thunderous shot that rockets past players.

David Luiz

The 26-year-old Brazilian posses both power and technique. Luiz can pick a pass out anywhere on the pitch smashing thunderous long balls forward as accurate as could be.

He is able to defend while also attack dangerously at the same time. Whether he is played in the back-line or in the middle of the pitch, Luiz is always a dangerous player for the Blues.

Ashley Cole

Ashley Cole has cemented his place on the left-hand side of Chelsea’s defence for an uncountable amount of years. One of, if not the best left-back currently in the world, Cole has a great attacking mind and speed going forward however is able to track back and do the dirty
work in defence as well.

With great experience Cole would certainly hold onto his starting XI role and continue to put in the great effort he does every match week in week out.

Sami Khedira

Highly valued by Jose Mourinho while he was at Real Madrid, I feel just being younger than Frank Lampard, Khedira would be a more frequent starter for Chelsea.

A great defensive mind, Khedira would be able to defend while allowing Ramires to push up the field with the ball. Possessing greater defensive ability than Frank, Khedira also has a great ability to pass finding players with plenty of time and space and giving them a great ball to take it forward and help the team push up.

Maybe not a certain starter, Khedira would definitely push for the holding midfielder spot if he were to make the move to Stamford Bridge.

Ramires

The agile Brazilian has blistering pace and wonderful control on the ball to rip opposition defences apart when on attack but also uses his speed to power down the field and get back to help his team in defence.

Maybe not in the headlines as much as fellow team mates, Ramires has shown he can play an important role in the Chelsea team. Definitely one to watch in the coming season, on his day Ramires can really tear a defence to shreds with his blistering pace.

Wayne Rooney

Mourinho’s number one transfer target for the summer would’ve surely gotten a spot in Chelsea’s starting XI. Pushing Chelsea’s two time player of the season Mata onto the bench, Rooney has been a fantastic footballer throughout his career and had a impressive game when Chelsea drew with Manchester United in the Premier League.

With great finishing abilities and the skills to carve wide open spaces in a defence, Rooney would surely be a magnificent player in a Chelsea shirt.

Oscar

With so much talent already at a young age, he is surely going to continue to develop into a world star and has already had a cracking first game against Hull City scoring the opening goal of Chelsea's 2013/14 Premier League campaign.

He also seems a Mourinho favourite and will surely get lots of playing time this season.

Eden Hazard

Hazard had a stunning first season in the Premier League - being nominated for both Player and Young Player of the season. Having such a sensational first campaign in the Premier League is a tough ask and shows how mature Hazard is at such a young age.

Hazard was one to watch last year and if he continues to grow and blend with the Chelsea team there should be even more reason to be watching him this year. 

Edinson Cavani

Sadly signing for PSG, Chelsea’s long time target was a powerful forward who could just shove his way through an opposition defence with sheer strength and power. Cavani was a prolific striker in the Serie A, finishing the season as the league’s top scorer. The Uruguayan was a target both at Stamford Bridge and mega-rich Manchester City, however he ended up joining the French ligue 1 Champions PSG and will now play alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovich.

Definitely a missed opportunity for Chelsea, Cavani could’ve lead the Chelsea line with a dominating presence.

Bench:

Mark Schwarzer

Cesar Azpilicueta

John Terry

Frank Lampard

Kevin de Bruyne

Juan Mata

Romelu Lukaku

This team is a frightening squad, highlighted by the fact that on the bench are the likes of Fernando Torres, Demba Ba, Michael Essien as well as youngster Marco Van Ginkel. 

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