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Carabao cup| Match preview, possible Line-up and N’golo Kante to play Chelsea vs Southampton

Chelsea head coach is expected to make several changes to the team for today’s clash with Southampton following the return of Blue’s midfielder, N’Golo Kante.

N'golo kante back

When asked after the Norwich win about N’golo Kante’s fitness, Tuchel said: “It was simply one day too early and so he is fully available for Tuesday and for Newcastle.”


A lot of changes will be made and it is an opportunity for players but it is a matter of whether Tuchel decides to go with a three or four at the back.

He could stick with his tested and reliable 3-4-2-1formation and bring Cesar Azpilicueta into the middle of defence, with Marcos Alonso and Callum Hudson-Odoi down the flanks.

Or maybe Tuchel could choose to do what he did in the last round of the Carabao Cup against Aston Villa and switch to a 4-3-3.

That would mean packing the midfield with Kante alongside possibly with Saul Niguez and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Then Callum Hudson-Odoi into the front three where Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz looks ready to start.

Thomas Tuchel’s formation goes with lots of impact whether Mason Mount starts the game, brimming with confidence after bagged a hat-trick against Norwich. If he plays a back three then there is more chance Mount will play from the off.

Chelsea have already faced Southampton at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League earlier this month, winning 3-1 in a hard-fought game that turned in their favour when James Ward-Prowse was sent off, Trevoh Chalobah scoring the first goal, Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell strike late to secure vital win

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