Chelsea team news: Expected XI vs Brighton as Tuchel reshuffles after Man City defeat

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Chelsea travel to Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday night, looking to rediscover their winning touch after recording just one Premier League triumph in their last six outings. Express Sport looks at their potential starting XI on the south coast with Thomas Tuchel likely to reshuffle his deck after Saturday’s crushing defeat at Manchester City.

Goalkeeper: Kepa

With Edouard Mendy still representing Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations, Kepa Arrizabalaga will continue his recent run between the sticks.

He will likely have a quieter day at the office than at the Etihad Stadium, but he has work to do to help Chelsea restore their formidable defensive record.

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Defence: Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Rudiger

Reece James is still sidelined, but Cesar Azpilicueta could move from right-wing-back to centre-back, replacing Malang Sarr at the Amex.

Thiago Silva should keep his place at the heart of the back three, with Antonio Rudiger on his left.

Midfield: Hudson-Odoi, Kante, Kovacic, Alonso

Callum Hudson-Odoi is in with a shout of coming back in as Tuchel’s right-wing-back, taking Sarr’s spot in the team.

The rest of the German coach’s midfield will likely be unchanged, though, with Marcos Alonso starting on the opposite flank.

That also means N’Golo Kante and Jorginho should continue their partnership in central midfield.

Attack: Mount, Werner, Lukaku

Chelsea’s attack was the most disappointing aspect of their team at Man City, consistently producing sloppy touches and wasteful passes.

The worst performer of Romelu Lukaku, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic was the Belgian striker. Still, he could be the sole survivor for the trip to Brighton as Tuchel looks to restore his confidence.

Expect Mason Mount to return to the attack, and there could also be a start for Timo Werner, who has made just 10 Premier League appearances this season.

Tuchel’s pere-match comments

Tuchel doesn’t expect any injured players to return against Brighton and expects a tough test in his first visit to the Amex Stadium.

He told reporters: “If anyone’s back is a good question, we train later. I think we have no re-injuries and no new injuries. This is the good news.

“But I think nobody [Reece James, Ben Chilwell, Andreas Christensen and Trevoh Chalobah] are coming back for tomorrow.

“The challenge, the match itself and the opponent is a big challenge because it’s tough to play Brighton. I’ve personally never played there, but I see a lot of matches.”

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