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Change the shape and drop Ross Barkley – How Chelsea should line-up against Bournemouth as Blues look to bounce back

Chelsea travel to Bournemouth on Saturday looking to bounce back from their 3-0 humiliation to Bayern Munich in midweek.

The Blues were outclassed by a team who were simply better in all departments, but Blues boss Frank Lampard knows his side must wipe the result from their system as they look to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Chelsea will be hoping to bounce back against Bournemouth
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As it stands, Chelsea are currently three points clear of Man United in fifth and they face a Bournemouth side who are on a poor run of form.

In comparison to recent seasons, the Cherries have had a campaign to forget and they face the west Londoners off the back of three defeats in their last five matches.

But how should Chelsea line up for their clash on the south coast? talkSPORT.com has given its verdict…


Lampard will be without N’Golo Kante as the Frenchman continues to recover from an adductor injury.

Kante was sorely missed in the Bayern defeat as Chelsea were overrun in midfield by the superb Thiago and Joshua Kimmich.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek could return to the starting XI after months on the sidelines but the match will likely come too soon for the Englishman, who will not be rushed back by Lampard.

Alonso could be dropped for the visit to Bournemouth
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The Blues boss will most likely return to using four at the back for the match as he seeks to attack Bournemouth from the off.

Willy Caballero will continue in goal after making a series of stops to keep Bayern at bay, while Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen will pair up as the central defenders in front of him.

Cesar Azpilicueta will return to left-back, with Reece James occupying the other flank.

Willian may return to the fold for Chelsea
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In front of the back line, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho will again be used in midfield, but Ross Barkley will be dropped to the bench after an uninspiring performance against Bayern.

Mason Mount, Willian and Pedro will all get a run out, with Tammy Abraham should be recalled to the line-up for the south coast clash in place of Olivier Giroud.

Have a look at the line-up in full below…

Is this how Chelsea could line-up against Bournemouth?



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