Chelsea goes to Wembley in hunt of a trophy. The 3-4-3 will stay, but who will come in and out of it for the clash against Arsenal?
Chelsea go to Wembley on Saturday to take a shot at their most realistic trophy, the FA Cup. Arsenal stands in their way. This is an opportunity for Frank Lampard to win the first major trophy of his managerial career, a trophy with rich historic value. It is expected that Lampard will use a 3-4-3 because it is known Mikel Arteta has been using one. The best way to counter a three center back formation is by deploying one of your own. Who does Lampard trust to give him the best shot at lifting it at the end of the game?
Willy Caballero, 13, Keeper, Argentina
If Lampard could not trust the world’s most expensive goalkeeper in arguably the most important game of the season, it is safe to say Lampard doesn’t trust the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, period. Caballero not only gives more confidence to his teammates in regulation time, he also has superior experience should the game go to penalties.
Cesar Azpilicueta, 28, Right center back, Spain
Azpilicueta has been brutally consistent this season. He has started the most games by any of Chelsea registered players this season. He has been contributing on both ends of the pitch. Making himself available in different positions. Every manager needs an Azpilicueta, or 25.
Kurt Zouma, 15, Center back, France
Zouma starts. He’s Chelsea’s best center back. His aerial dominance is glaring. His reading of play is excellent. He has the intelligence to know the right time to step into the midfield and break up play before they even develop. His distribution has been decent.
Antonio Rudiger, 2, Left center back, Germany
Rudiger’s form has improved since the last time he was dropped. He has been stable ever since, calm in possession, doing his best to be the in best possible position in all phases of play. Expect Rudiger to start.