Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel hands starts to Malang Sarr and Hakim Ziyech for Saturday's Premier League fixture against Manchester City.
Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel has handed starts to Malang Sarr and Hakim Ziyech for Saturday's Premier League fixture against Manchester City.
As a result of Andreas Christensen testing positive for coronavirus, Sarr is given just his second top-flight start of the season, his first coming back on October 16.
Meanwhile, Ziyech has been preferred to the likes of Mason Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi, who will be disappointed to only be selected among the replacements.
Tuchel has gone with Mateo Kovacic and N'Golo Kante as his midfield two, the latter of those duo making his first start since recovering from coronavirus earlier this week.
The same can be said of Thiago Silva, and the return of the veteran Brazilian sees Antonio Rudiger switch to the right-hand side of the back three.
Romelu Lukaku, who has not scored against Man City for exactly five years, is named down the middle of the attack, getting the nod over Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.
Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Cancelo; De Bruyne, Rodri, Silva; Sterling, Grealish, Foden.
Subs: Steffen, Dias, Gundogan, Jesus, Fernandinho, Mbete, McAtee, Lavia, Wilson-Esbrand
Chelsea: Arrizabalaga; Rudiger, Silva, Sarr; Azpilicueta, Kante, Kovacic, Alonso; Ziyech, Lukaku, Pulisic
Subs: Bettinelli, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Saul, Barkley, Hudson-Odoi, Mount, Havertz, Werner
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