CHELSEA will herald a new era tonight when Graham Potter takes the helm at Stamford Bridge for the first time.
Potter, 47, was announced as the new Blues boss on Thursday – just hours after Thomas Tuchel was sacked.
He was due to play Marco Silvas Fulham on Sunday – which would have been his first game in charge of the club – but all Premier League games have been postponed as a mark of respect following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Now he probably has a tougher task ahead of him in the form of a big Champions League duel with RB Salzburg.
Chelsea kicked off their season with a surprise 1-0 defeat by Dinamo Zagreb last week – a result that left the Group E club ESTABLISHED.
So the new Boss Potter is expecting no less than three points tonight and with so much at stake he will likely field the strongest team possible.
Kepa will keep his place in the squad as Edouard Mendy is unavailable through injury.
Mendy was named a substitute last week after suffering a patellar tendon injury.
The goalkeeper missed first team training at Cobham yesterday so is likely to be left out of the squad altogether.
Thiago Silva is expected to return to the squad – he was rested for last week’s trip to Croatia.
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The Brazil international could line up in a back three alongside newcomers Wesley Fofana and Kalidou Koulibaly.
With N’Golo Kante out with a hamstring injury, Matteo Kovacic and Mason Mount are likely to keep their midfield spots.
Marc Cucurella, who reunited with former Brighton boss Potter last week, is expected to start at left-back with Reece James at right.
Kai Havertz and Raheem Sterling have been regular strikers so far this season but are expected to be sidelined following the arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Aubameyang is expected to lead the line as a solo forward despite his jaw injury.
Alternatively, Potter could decide to move Mount to the wing to make room for Jorginho in midfield if he were to take a more defensive approach.
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