May 10, 2021

Chelsea shake things up ahead of Real Madrid as new midfield pairing tested, but Giroud’s future looks all but decided

Chelsea shake things up ahead of Real Madrid as new midfield pairing tested, but Giroud’s future looks all but decided

The starting XI set to take to the pitch for Chelsea versus Fulham this evening has been unveiled, featuring a number of surprise changes.

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Thomas Tuchel’s men are of course set to return to action shortly.

The Blues will play host to London rivals Fulham, in a Premier League derby clash.

Chelsea head into proceedings with spirits high in the club’s camp, on the back of a crucial victory over West Ham last weekend.

In turn, with Leicester City having dropped points at Southampton on Friday, the Pensioners are aware that a 2nd consecutive league win this evening will guide them to within two points of Brendan Rodgers’ men, in 3rd.

Chelsea shake things up ahead of Real Madrid as new midfield pairing tested, but Giroud’s future looks all but decided

Chelsea’s Timo Werner (left) celebrates scoring their side’s first goal of the game during the Premier League match at London Stadium. Picture date: Saturday April 24, 2021. (Photo by Andy Rain/PA Images via Getty Images)

Gilmour in/Kante out

Whilst securing all 3 points versus Fulham is therefore of the utmost importance for Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel nevertheless appears to have one eye very much on matters in midweek.

The Blues are of course set to welcome Real Madrid to West London, for the 2nd-leg of the Champions League semi-final showdown between the clubs.

As things stand, the tie sits on a knife-edge, on the back of a 1-1 first-leg result.

In turn, Tuchel has opted to shake things up this evening.

The German’s latest starting XI features a number of changes, with the likes of Cesar Azpilicueta, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic dropped to the bench.

Stepping in, meanwhile, are an untested midfield pairing of Mason Mount and Billy Gilmour, Kurt Zouma as part of a 3-man backline, and both Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz.

Olivier Giroud’s latest squad omission, though, would certainly appear to hint that the Frenchman’s time at Stamford Bridge is coming to an end:

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