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Chelsea were to play Aston Villa in a Premier League fixture at the Villa Park before the league was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It’s been two months of inactivity in the Premier League, but plans are in top gear for the league to resume in June.
Chelsea players have resumed training since last week Tuesday, and the next phase of contact training is expected to kick off this week.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is fortunate to have his entire squad available and injury free for the first couple of games, and the boss will be having the pleasure of selection headache to choose his first starting line-up in over two months.
Check out the squad we believe will do well for our first game after the lockdown era.
Goalkeeper: Kepa Arrizabalaga
Defence: Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Marcos Alonso
Midfield: Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Ross Barkley
Attack: Willian, Mount, Giroud
Reason for the suggested line-up: Lampard had settled on this back four before the league was suspended, and Kepa is the obvious choice in goal.
In midfield, N’Golo Kante is missing as he might be unavailable due to his fear of returning to action yet. While Billy Gilmour should be knocking on the door of the first team, it’ll be better to start with the experience of Jorginho. Kovacic has been our best player this season and should remain in the squad, while Barkley was beginning to pick some form. Ruben Loftus-Cheek hasn’t played a competitive game this season and should be introduced gradually.
In attack, Willian is a sure starter and Mason Mount deserves to start as well. Lampard could go with Tammy Abraham or Olivier Giroud, but Giroud might be a better choice having been the one available before the season was suspended, and he performed well.
The likes of Chrisrian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi haven’t played in a long time due to injury, while Pedro hasn’t hit top form this season.
What do you think of the team? Give your strong reasons who should be in or out of the team.