‘Don’t fix what isn’t broken’ remains a common cliche of Premier League pundits, particularly when it comes to defences.
Indeed, there’s a natural logic in keeping your backline, including the goalkeeper, as settled as possible to benefit from the acute organisation only recurring familiarity can bring.
But when your captain is returning from suspension, do you make an exception and bring him back into the fold as soon as possible?
That’s the dilemma Antonio Conte faces this weekend as he prepares the Blues for a huge Premier League clash with Arsenal; Chelsea have conceded just two goals in their last three games, but skipper Gary Cahill is now available once again after receiving a red card on the opening day of the season.
The only point of contention in a backline otherwise containing Cesar Azpilicueta and David Luiz is inevitably the left centre-back slot that Cahill made his own last season, meaning summer signing Antonio Rudiger, who Transfermarkt value at £22.5million, would have to make way based on Chelsea’s last starting XI in the Premier League.
So, Chelsea fans, who would you start this weekend?
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Alvaro Morata departure causing frustrations at Real Madrid
Spanish news outlet Dario Gol reports that Cristiano Ronaldo is unhappy and is growing increasingly frustrated at the fact that Real Madrid allowed Alvaro Morata to leave to Chelsea last transfer window.
The former Real Madrid number 9 moved to Chelsea after his concerns he will always be overlooked for the central attacking position in the first team.
Real kicked off their Champions League campaign with a solid 3-0 win over APOEL Nicosia at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday but after the game Ronaldo has started raising concerns, Morata should not have been moved on.
The Ballon D’Or holder feels the team does not have the required presence in the penalty area to help score more goals and thinks Gareth Bale cannot fill that role properly.
Morata scored 15 goals in 14 games and 26 games in all competitions for the Los Blancos last season but despite his staggering numbers, was deemed surplus to requirements.
Since he arrived at Chelsea, the 24-year old has scored three Premier League goals in four games and looks to have settled quicker than many expected following concerns he may struggle adjusting to the English game.
Real meanwhile, have been struggling in the La Liga this season, drawing 1-1 with Levante in the last match day and standing four points behind leaders Barcelona.