Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is considering dramatic changes to his starting line-up ahead of their opening Champions League game against Maccabi Tel Aviv tomorrow.
A report in The Times claims that the Special One is ready to axe Cesc Fabregas, Branislav Ivanovic and Diego Costa in an attempt to kick-start Chelsea's season.
The Blues are reaching crisis point after losing their third Premier League game of the season against Everton last weekend. It saw them fall 11 points behind leaders Manchester City, who themselves have made a perfect start.
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Owner Roman Abramovich has been in contact to tell Mourinho that he has his full backing when in comes to team selection, giving the manager a chance to swing the axe.
The squad players set to come in against the Israeli outfit will be told that a good performance will see them keep their place for Saturday's Premier League clash against Arsenal.
The poor performers
Costa, Ivanovic and Fabregas have been particularly disappointing this season, although no Chelsea player has managed to cover himself in glory thus far.
Loic Remy is set to play his first game since appearing in the Community Shield defeat. Costa, who has scored just one goal so far this season, is struggling with both form and fitness.
Baba Rahman, the £14million summer signing from FC Augsburg, has yet to make his debut for the Blues, but is set to deputise at left-back tomorrow. Cesar Azpilicueta will switch flanks with Ivanovic getting dropped.
Finally, Fabregas, whose form has dropped significantly since his stunning first six months in west London, is set to be replaced by Brazilian star Oscar.
Should the Spaniard fail to feature against his former club at the weekend, Arsenal fans may start to believe that Arsene Wenger was right to turn down the chance to sign him last summer.
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