Once again, there has been a managerial casualty at Stamford Bridge. Frank Lampard becomes the latest victim of Chelsea’s seemingly unending ruthlessness which has been shown since his playing days. Less than two months ago, Lampard and the Blues spent a night as league leaders, but that seems like a long time ago now. The dismissal of the ex-Chelsea midfielder is still a major bone of contention among the Blues faithful, but the players must now focus on more important business as Wolves come to town.
Here’s the team that we expect to take to the field for tomorrow’s game under Thomas Tuchel:
Edouard Mendy (No.16) Goalkeeper, Senegal
Edouard Mendy has been Chelsea’s first-choice goalkeeper since he arrived from Rennes. He started his Blues career with a flurry of clean sheets that was almost going to be unsustainable along the way, and it has since dried up a bit. However, only Ederson (10) and Emiliano Martinez (nine) have recorded more shut outs than the Chelsea goalie who has certainly improved things on the defensive end for the Blues. While the arrival of a new manager could throw some positions up for grabs, expect Mendy to retain his for the Wolves game at least.
Reece James (No. 24) Right back, England
The fact that Reece James has risen above Cesar Azpilicueta, who is Chelsea’s current skipper and longest-serving player, in the pecking order at right back is a huge testament to how excellent he has been this season. As with other academy graduates who have come through the ranks in the last 18 months, the rise of James is one of Lampard’s feathers in the cap from his time at the helm of affairs. While he still has a bit of developing to do, it is clear that Chelsea has a player who’s set to be a huge part of the club’s future and the appointment of a new manager will not be changing that.
Thiago Silva (No. 6) Centerback, Brazil
Barely six months after he departed from the Parc des Princes, Thiago Silva and Thomas Tuchel are reunited in west London. Silva was a mainstay in the heart of the PSG defense, which conceded the fewest number of Champions League goals en route the final and Chelsea fans will hope that this reunion yields similar success stories. However, it is worth noting that the two of them didn’t get along particularly well, especially in Silva’s final days in Paris, so that is something to keep an eye on.
Antonio Rudiger (No. 2) Centerback, Germany
Alongside Andreas Christensen, the German was on the fringes earlier in the season and they became Chelsea’s second-choice centerback pairing. Notwithstanding, he has found himself in the first team of late, starting three of the last four Premier League games in place of Kurt Zouma. With Tuchel’s imminent arrival, Rudiger could be set for an extended stay at Stamford Bridge as he was reportedly wanted by his compatriot last summer.
Ben Chilwell (No. 21) Left back, England
Of all the summer signings made by Chelsea, Chilwell has probably been the most successful. He would have been sad to see the man who showed great faith in him and convinced the club to pay such a significant amount for him depart, but he won’t be worried about his place in the team as he is conveniently the best option in his position.