Chelsea's potential starting XI for the 2018/19 season under Maurizio Sarri

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Chelsea have ushered in yet another new era.

After two years of highs and lows under Antonio Conte, fellow Italian Maurizio Sarri has been given the task of reviving a stagnant Blues side

His first change will almost certainly be to ditch Conte's 3-5-2 formation in favour of his 4-3-3, which he used to great effect at Napoli.

As such, we've decided to have a go at how Chelsea could lineup in the Premier League next season under their new boss and in a new system.


Thibaut Courtois looks to be on his way out and Donnarumma could be the most logical replacement for the Belgian, per Evening Standard.

AC Milan want Alvaro Morata and also have to sell players after breaking FFP rules. 


The Spaniard operated as a right-sided centre-back under Antonio Conte, but his natural position is at right-back.

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Given Sarri's switch to a 4-3-3, the more pragmatic Azpilicueta will surely be preferred to the attack-minded Victor Moses.


Chelsea look on course to spend around £44m on the Juventus defender, so it would suggest he would be thrown straight in at the deep end.

He looks the real deal, but his arrival could harm potential game time for Andreas Christensen.

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Despite his poor World Cup campaign with Germany, Rudiger was really beginning to find form at the tail end of 2017/18.

Expect Sarri to pick the former Roma man over the likes of David Luiz and Gary Cahill.


It will be interesting to see how Alonso transitions from left-wing back to a more defensive role under Sarri.

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If he cannot cope with the new workload, Emerson Palmeiri could be handed a chance.


The man that will be the lynchpin of this new-look Chelsea side. A midfield metronome that will make everyone else around him look better.

Napoli's former midfield general could turn out to be one of the signings of the summer.



No Chelsea team sheet is complete without the Frenchman, who will surely be excited about playing next to Jorginho after a season paired with Tiemoue Bakayoko.


With Jorginho and Kante behind him, Sarri may have good reason to play Fabregas in a more advanced midfield role.


His legs aren't what they were, but his eye for a pass is as prominent as ever and he can offer the new manager a lot going forward.


Sarri loves control in the middle of the park, so if Golovin were to arrive from CSKA Moscow he may be the perfect man to fill the boots of Willian on the right.

The Brazilian looks likely to depart for the sunnier shores of Barcelona, but the talented Russian who lit up the World Cup would really soften the blow.



Morata wants out, Olivier Giroud doesn't suit Sarri-ball and Michy Batshuayi still has a lot to prove. Plus Juventus likely need to offload a few players to pay for Cristiano Ronaldo.

So it's no surprise that the new boss is so keen on the striker he worked with at Napoli. Sky Sports report that contact has already been made by Chelsea for the Argentine.


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Last but not least. Sarri's main priority this summer is to keep hold of Chelsea's star man.

If he does so, the final component of the starting XI makes the other 10 look a whole lot stronger.

How do you think Chelsea will lineup next season? Let us know in the comment box below.

Gianluigi Donnarumma
Maurizio Sarri
Jorginho Frello Filho
Daniele Rugani
Aleksandr Golovin
CSKA Moscow
Antonio Conte
Willian Borges da Silva
Tiemoue Bakayoko
Cesc Fabregas
Antonio Rudiger
Andreas Christensen
N'Golo Kante
Cesar Azpilicueta
Alvaro Morata
Gonzalo Higuain
Thibaut Courtois
Germany Football
AC Milan
David Luiz
Marcos Alonso
Victor Moses
Gary Cahill

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