Strongest Chelsea XI vs Man City: FIVE changes made in 4-3-3 formation

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Maurizio Sarri reported a clean bill of health in Friday’s press conference, so his team selection for the visit of Manchester City will be based on form and fatigue alone.

Pedro and Olivier Giroud may step up to the starting XI after being benched in the defeat to Wolves on Wednesday, while Mateo Kovacic or Ross Barkley could oust Ruben Loftus-Cheek from the starting XI.

Jorginho looks a near-certainty to replace Cesc Fabregas as the pivot in central midfield after a rest at Molineux, meanwhile.

David Luiz can also be confident of a recall alongside Antonio Rudiger in defence, while Marcos Alonso’s place at left-back looks in mild peril after a drop-off in form of late.

Emerson Palmieri would stand to benefit if Alonso is dropped, but Sarri said in Friday’s presser that Chelsea would be less of a threat at set plays without Alonso in the side and “doesn’t think” his first-choice left-back is tired.

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