With Saul dropped after a disastrous debut and Kante doubtful due to injury, here’s how Chelsea might line up against Zenit.


CHELSEA could play Zenit on Tuesday without new signing Saul Niguez, who struggled on his Blues debut.

Saul, 26, was sent off in the 3-0 win over Aston Villa at halftime.

How Chelsea might line up against Zenit St Petersburg
Mason Mount could return to the starting lineup after being left out against Aston Villa

The Spaniard struggled to adjust to the Premier League’s pace, being dispossessed three times and winning only one of his eight duels. Jorginho came on in the second half and gave Chelsea a strong foundation, with midfield partner Mateo Kovacic grabbing an assist before scoring Chelsea’s second goal. Those two midfielders could start for Thomas Tuchel tomorrow, especially since N’Golo Kante is still out with an injury.

Other changes are possible for the European champions as they prepare to defend their title.

Mason Mount was benched against Villa, but he should be fresh for the match against Zenit.

He could be joined by Reece James, who wаs ruled out of the weekend due to а suspension.

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Micheal Kurt

I earned a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from Oregon State University. He is an avid sports lover who enjoys tennis, football, and a variety of other activities. He is from Tucson, Arizona, and is a huge Cardinals supporter.

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