Predicted Chelsea XI to face Rennes in the Champions League

Chelsea take on Rennes in their fourth Champions League group stage game in an early Tuesday kickoff. The Blues have been in sublime form with 5 wins on the trot as they haven’t dropped a single point since the draw against Manchester United.

Rennes meanwhile are in a rut, with just one win in their last five. Rennes were haplessly thrashed aside in the reverse fixture by Chelsea as they sit at the bottom of the group.

Team News

Chelsea have some minor injury issues to deal with Christian Pulisic still out with a hamstring injury. Reece James might not feature after a knock in the Newcastle game. Elsewhere, Kai Havertz might just be a small doubt since he returns from his COVID isolation. Even Thiago Silva might be brought into the picture. There are no other major injuries to speak of.

Probable Chelsea XI vs Rennes

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Edouard Mendy (GK)

The custodian has been a very reliable presence with the gloves. Looks all set to continue in goal for the time being.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 07: Edouard Mendy and Reece James of Chelsea celebrate following their team’s victory in the Premier League match between Chelsea and Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge on November 07, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Stansall – Pool/Getty Images)

Cesar Azpilicueta (RB)

Might be brought in place of James who suffered a knock in the last game.

Thiago Silva (CB)

Will be expected to return to action after playing no part in the previous game.

Kurt Zouma (CB)

Had a great game alongside Rudiger and he might be the first choice for a while now. Looked very assured and calm.

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LEICESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 16: David Brooks of Sheffield United takes on Ben Chilwell of Leicester City during the The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round between Leicester City and Sheffield United at The King Power Stadium on February 16, 2018 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Ben Chilwell (LB)

Ben Chilwell is the undisputed starter at left-back now, with Emerson and Alonso highly unlikely to make their way into the team.

N’Golo Kante (DM)

Kante has become one of the most important players for Chelsea again. It is good to see him back at his best.

Jorginho (DM)

Lampard’s most trusted soldier, Jorginho will be looking to continue his excellent form.

Mason Mount (CAM)

One of the few academy graduates who is still a starter in most games. Has shown that he can still cut it with the best and provides a huge amount of work rate.

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BURNLEY, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 31: Mason Mount of Chelsea speaks with Hakim Ziyech of Chelsea at half time during the Premier League match between Burnley and Chelsea at Turf Moor on October 31, 2020 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Hakim Ziyech (AM)

The new man has been a treat to watch every time he has had the ball. Silky touches and a wand of a left foot. Makes the team look like much more lethal.

Tammy Abraham (ST)

The lanky academy man is still one of Lampard’s most vital players as Werner has flourished playing alongside him.

Callum Hudson-Odoi (LW)

Should get his chance with Pulisic out injured. Needs to impress in the chances that he gets.

Chelsea Rennes


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