Chelsea face Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium in just under an hour, and the teams are in!
Thomas Tuchel always wants to minimise the amount of minutes some of his key men are playing, but there’s also a two week international break after this to which takes the pressure off a little.
That’s meant a mixed team, with squad players and first teamers blended nicely. This is a massive fortnight for Chelsea as a football club, so we can hopefully launch into it with a big win.
It looks like a back four, with Azpi on the right and Malang Sarr on the left, Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger down the middle.
The midfield 3 has Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Then Romelu Lukaku gets a start up front, flanked by Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech.
Here are the full team line-ups for Middlesbrough vs Chelsea (kick off at 17:15 pm GMT)
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