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OPINION: 5 Chelsea Players Tuchel Should Bench Against Zenit In The Champions League

Chelsea FC will be back in action this week when they travel to Russia to face Zenit in their last group H match.

Despite having already qualified for the knockout stages, the defending champions will be looking to finish first in their group and avoid the big-name teams in the last 16 by winning.

The encounter against Zenit will be a chance for Thomas Tuchel's team to get back on track after their humiliating loss to West Ham United last weekend.

Once again, Chelsea suffered a league defeat, as West Ham claimed a hard-fought victory at Stamford Bridge.

I expect Thomas Tuchel to make a few changes ahead of Wednesday's game against Zenit, notably those who performed poorly against West Ham and those who deserve a break.


There were a few mistakes committed by Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois against West Ham on Sunday that lost the Blues three points.

I expect Mendy to be rested for the match against Zenit, as head coach Thomas Tuchel said after the game that the midfielder is lacking confidence at the moment.


For the match against Zenit Thiago Silva is another player that should be substituted.

For the Zenit game, I expect Thomas Tuchel to bench Thibaut Courtois because of Chelsea's current injury crisis, and if he doesn't he could wind up with a muscle injury because of the amount of effort he's put in.


Injuries to Antonio Rudiger, Chelsea's German central defender, would be catastrophic for the Blues at this point in the season.

It's time to let the 28-year-old defender, who has been an essential component of Thomas Tuchel's side, have some much-needed rest on Wednesday.


A new defender should be tried out at left wing back for Chelsea against Zenit and Marcos Alonso should be dropped, according to my opinion.

Thomas Tuchel should give Saul a chance at left wing back on Wednesday, as the Spaniards haven't been able to cover for the injured Ben Chilwell.

Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku is the final player to be dropped by Thomas Tuchel for the final Champions League game against Zenit.

The Belgian was dreadful against West Ham on Sunday, and should therefore be demoted from the starting lineup. Considering Lukaku's current form, he should be forced to compete for a starting spot at Chelsea.

Chelsea's upcoming matchup with Zenit St. Petersburg will be an interesting one.

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