Chelsea could begin a new era this week as Graham Potter prepares to play his first game as the club’s head coach.
The former Brighton boss was announced as Thomas Tuchel’s successor at Stamford Bridge just over three years after taking the top job on the south coast.
Although it remains to be seen when the Blues will be next in action as a 12-day mourning period takes place due to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, Potter is hoping to see his side in Champions League action midway through. week.
A Champions League clash with Red Bull Salzburg is next for the Blues and it will give fans a taste of what they can expect under one of the country’s top managers.
Here, talkSPORT.com takes a lot of interest in how Potter’s side could line up against the Austrian outfit.
The boss will have a big decision to make when it comes to fitting the talented Chelsea side into his preferred 3-5-2 formation.
Edouard Mendy looks set to keep his place in goal, while Kalidou Koulibaly, Thiago Silva and Wesley Fofana appear to be the club’s best options to provide stability and balance in the back three.
Reece James is set to play at right-back, while former Brighton Potter star Marc Cucurella could have a chance to impress on the left.
Speaking on talkSPORT, Adrian Durham said: “I look at a player like Cucurella and yes you could say he has improved to the point where Brighton sold him to Chelsea for £50m but I think every time I’ve seen him play for Chelsea, I think about what’s going on.
“Hopefully, for him, Potter will come forward and turn him into the player Chelsea were thinking of buying, but I don’t see him at the moment.”
However, Ben Chilwell could also feature, provided he can prove his fitness.
Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho will be Chelsea’s first-choice midfield pair as they provide stability and ball-playing ability to drive the team forward.
Meanwhile, Mason Mount is hoping to show his true colors again after a mixed start to the season by his own high standards.
One area Potter will be looking to improve is offense.
Raheem Sterling has gotten off to a decent start in front of goal for his new club with three goals in six Premier League appearances so far, but he will no doubt benefit from the addition of a proven marksman alongside him.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made his debut for the Blues in the 1-0 loss to Dinamo Zagreb last time out but with a bit more work on the training ground he could be ready to really make a big impact as Potter struggles to get on his feet. under the table at Stamford Bridge.
Ashton discussed the attack for talkSPORT, saying: “We’re talking about a whole other level [than at Brighton].
“If you create chances for Aubameyang, Sterling, Mount and Haverz, I don’t think they miss chances with the consistency of Brighton players.
“With Potter going to Chelsea, he certainly has a better playing pedigree, so if he creates chances they can take them.”
Here’s how Chelsea could line up in their first game under new boss Graham Potter.
Aubameyang starts, Cucurella in – How Chelsea could line up for Potter’s opener