Conte makes 3 changes: Courtois back as Chelsea lines up in a 3-4-3

Chelsea club captain Gary Cahill is in contention to make his first Premier League start since March 10 when the Blues host West Ham on Sunday afternoon.

The 32-year-old has been stuck on the bench on several occasions this season with the performances of Antonio Rudiger having kept him out of the team for much of the campaign.

Meanwhile, Thibaut Courtois is set to return to action having picked up a hamstring injury and having not featured since the defeat in Barcelona in the Champions League last 16.

Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta are set to keep their places in the starting XI, however Davide Zappacosta could get the chance to start in the right wing-back position.

Marcos Alonso is likely to keep his place on the left, with N’Golo Kante and Cesc Fabregas in the middle of the park, however Tiemoue Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater will be hoping to get a starting spot.

Eden Hazard and Willian will hope to be causing some creativity behind Alvaro Morata who will be hoping to score his third goal in his third game in a row.

“At the moment two players are out, Luiz and Ampadu,” Conte said. “The other players, we have two days to check the physical condition of the players. Now for sure we have two players out, Luiz and Ampadu.”

It is vital that the Blues get all three points if they want to have any chance of finishing inside the top four, which is still highly unlikely.

Chelsea predicted team: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill, Zappacosta, Alonso, Fabregas, Kante, Hazard, Willian, Morata.

Chelsea have held talks with two managers according to expert

Chelsea are currently looking at two possible options when it comes to replacing Antonio Conte this summer.

The Blues boss is on his way out of the club this summer after losing the faith of the players, fans and board following a disastrous title defence and his treatment of key players, with Diego Costa among them, and now Guillem Balague has claimed Chelsea have two front runners for the job.

He was speaking to Sky Sports, and said:

“There have been conversations with Luis Enrique, but also with Max Allegri.

“Chelsea will have to take a decision that should include the question of who will be director of football or technical secretary, the person who works with the club to balance the power and authority a new manager will want, with the what the club has always done, which is take a lot of the decisions regarding the playing staff.”

Conte himself seems to be set on leaving Chelsea after failing to get the players he wanted in the summer – and moaning about the January additions to boot, and it seems that the manager will return to his native Italy.

He does however have the chance to win another trophy, meaning he will have won all domestic trophies possible within two seasons should the Blues lift the FA Cup this season, but they’ll have to firstly get past Southampton in the semi-finals and then one of Man United or Tottenham in the final to be able to do so.

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  1. To much media information about Conte leaving in the summer. It is a wonder that hecan do his coaching with all the speculation. I think it only right that ChelseaFC should come out and tell supporters what is going to happen. Like JT no one can replace Conte as he is far more superior than others. !!!!

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