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Thomas Tuchel makes three changes from the team that beat Atletico Madrid: Ben Chilwell, N’Golo Kante and Hakim Ziyech come in for Marcos Alonso, Jorginho and Timo Werner.
Manchester United didn’t play their best XI against Real Sociedad, as they were effectively through, but there are two changes from the 3-1 win over Newcastle in their last league game: Scott McTominay, fit again, and Mason Greenwood come in for Nemanja Matic and Anthony Martial. That means Marcus Rashford will play up front.
Hello. Progress, like hope and potatoes, comes in many forms. In football it can be measured by trophies, signings, performances, even unexpected praise escaping from the open face of Royston Keane. And – duh – league position. Last season, Chelsea and Manchester United were competing to finish third; this year they both have their eye on second. That’s primarily because Liverpool have gegenpressed straight into a brick wall, but their shocking collapse shouldn’t obscure the fact that United in particular have made a big improvement this year.
Chelsea have had a mixed season, and would probably be content to finish in the top four. But after a promising start under Thomas Tuchel – eight games, no defeats, only two goals conceded – second is a realistic ambition. If they win today they will move within three points of United. With a respectful and unwittingly patronising nod to Leicester, these two clubs are the likeliest to break the duopoly of Liverpool and Manchester City.Continue reading...