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Graham Potter drops big names for Chelsea lineup vs RB Salzburg, See his first Lineup



It is a baptism of fire for Graham Potter in his first match at the Chelsea helm. A man who has never basked in the in-real-time glory of the Champions League anthem, let alone managed in one, will be tasked with lifting the Blues out of a doldrum start in Group E.

Potter’s future may not hinge on Champions League success, but the long history of European success dictating the lifespan of a Chelsea manager is difficult to shake.

he postponement of last weekend’s Premier League match with Fulham has left the new manager with little time for experimenting and flushing out. Will Potter stick with a 3-4-3, or shake things up against Red Bull Salzburg? Will the postponement of Chelsea’s clash with Liverpool this weekend change Potter’s thinking? Is Marc Cucurella – who played under Potter at Brighton – a shoo-in?

According to fans, Potter’s starting XI should feature plenty of twists from the starting XI in Zagreb. A 3-4-3 formation is still the preferred formation of choice, but Kai Havertz makes way for Christian Pulisic in the front trio, while Mason Mount drops out for Denis Zakaria in midfield for his debut.

Chelsea fans’ preferred XI vs Salzburg

Meanwhile, Kalidou Koulibaly and Cesar Azpilicueta are both dropped in Chelsea’s back three to make way for the return of Thiago Silva and a left centre-back berth for Currella.

Chelsea’s wings. What Potter can coax out of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Raheem Sterling will make for plenty of intrigue, but after a fitfully insipid display against Dinamo Zagreb, a good showing against RB Salzburg is precisely the tonic Potter needs to get his new era off to a sprinting start.