Thomas Tuchel could be getting another test tomorrow as Chelsea prepare to welcome the Saints at Stamford Bridge on Saturday Afternoon. With the looming injuries, it may be difficult for the West London side to return to there winning ways.
Chelsea have lost back to back games against Pep Guardiola's side, Manchester City and the Italians, Juventus in a 1-0 defeat in Turin on a Champions League night . The Blues who were on top of the league suffered a 1-0 defeat to the Cityzens following a fantastic strike from Gabriel Jesus, early in the second half.
With the French international out due to illness, Chelsea will have to stick to Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic at the midfield. The midfield duo has been impressive this season with Kovacic securing an assist and a goal in a 3-0 win against Aston Villa. Mason mount is also set to miss the clash due to knock injury.
The young English playmaker who has played pivotal role in the creative midfield may be replaced by Kai Havertz. Tuchel may also need to seek the services of Timo werner who will play alongside Lukaku at the left wing.
Callum Hudson Odoi may be brought in to replace Reece James who was injured during the clash with Man City. Odoi together with Werner and Lukaku will be expected to cause problems to the Saints defence.
The rest of the starting XI will keep their positions in a 3-4-3 formation. The potential starting line up will include: Mendy (GK), Rudiger, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso, Hudson Odoi, Jorginho, Kovacic, Havertz, Timo Werner and Lukaku.