3-5-2: Conte Makes 3 Changes | Team News & Expected Chelsea XI vs Atletico Madrid

By on December 4, 2017

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Chelsea will be looking to secure top spot in Champions League Group C when they take on Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.

Here is the side we think Antonio Conte will pick for the game:

Goalkeeper: The Blues boss could be tempted to rest Thibaut Courtois ahead of Saturday’s trip to West Ham but it’s important Chelsea finish top of their group so I think the Belgian international will start tomorrow.

Defence: David Luiz is once again missing as the Brazilian international is nursing a knee injury so Andreas Christensen should continue in the middle of the back three.

Gary Cahill is in-line for a recall after being named on the bench during the win over Newcastle at the weekend so Antonio Rudiger could be the man to make way as Cesar Azpilicueta should keep his place.

Midfield: Victor Moses made his first start in six weeks at the weekend so the Nigerian international could be given a breather with Davide Zappacosta returning in the right wing-back position.

Marcos Alonso should continue on the left as Conte doesn’t have too many options to rotate on that side of the pitch while I would expect Cesc Fabregas to keep his place in the middle of the park.

N’Golo Kante should also start in the holding role but Danny Drinkwater could make way with Tiemoue Bakayoko getting a recall after being named on the bench at the weekend.

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Attack: Eden Hazard returned to the side with another excellent performance against Newcastle so I’d expect the in-form Belgian attacker to start against Atletico on Tuesday night.

If Conte plays with a three-man midfield to keep things tight against a dangerous Atletico side then it means the likes of Pedro and Willian will have to make-do with places on the bench.

Alvaro Morata was back among the goals at the weekend and I expect the Spanish international to once again lead the line up front with the fit-again Michy Batshuayi offering support from the bench.

Here is how we think Chelsea will line-up:

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