Callum, Hudson-Odoi

Callum Hudson-Odoi, N’Golo Kante, Antonio Rudiger – Chelsea’s best team under Frank Lampard – Football.London

September 4, 2019

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It has been a difficult start for Chelsea with just five points from their opening four Premier League matches and the Super Cup defeat to Liverpool.

But what hasn’t helped Frank Lampard after taking up the reign of Blues boss is just the amount of injuries that this players have picked up at the beginning of the campaign.

Antonio Rudiger, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Reece James and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have been unable to play for the first team at all this season, while N’Golo Kante, Willian and Pedro have also struggled to play regularly.

Mateo Kovacic is the latest injury concern, having been withdrawn from Croatia’s international squad due to an Achilles injury.

It means that Blues fans are yet to see Lampard really manage Chelsea’s best starting XI, with injuries having played a big part in the mixed start.

After the international break, Chelsea travel to Molineux to take on Wolverhampton Wanderers, so what would be the best starting XI if everyone is fit?

No doubt, Kepa Arrizabalaga keeps his place in goal, while Emerson Palmieri has had an excellent start to the campaign and secured his starting place.

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One of the big decisions for Lampard is going to be who partners in the centre-back position, with Rudiger expected to come back in to the team.

Andreas Christensen has had the better start to the season out of Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori, which could give him the edge.

The other issue is right-back, with Cesar Azpilicueta really struggling at times in the role and it could be time for Reece James to show what he can do.

Meanwhile, Kante would, for sure, come straight back into the starting team, while Lampard has leaned towards Jorginho as his midfield partner.

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In the wing positions, Christian Pulisic is keen to show more of what he can do, but Callum Hudson-Odoi will be hot on the heels of a starting position when he is back from injury.

Mason Mount has had a superb start to the campaign, which is why, for now, he would get the nod over Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

There is no doubt that Loftus-Cheek is going to be a key man for the Blues over the course of the campaign, and it won’t take him long to find a spot in the team.

Tammy Abraham has notched four goals in two games and so is the leading candidate to be the starting striker for the Blues in the future.

There are going to be some big decisions for the next few weeks for Lampard, with Carabao Cup and Champions League matches on the horizon as well.

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Rotation is going to be a key part of the Blues being successful in all four competitions this season, with experience needed from some of his more senior players.