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Three ways Thomas Tuchel can line up Leeds vs Chelsea clash ahead of huge Romelu Lukaku decision

Thomas Tuchel and his Chelsea side are in need of a win to regain momentum towards the back end of the season. The Blues have only managed one win in their last five games, limping their way towards the conclusion of the campaign.

The latest frustrations came at the weekend at Stamford Bridge, where the home side let a two-goal lead slip against Wolves in injury time. It means London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham have managed to gain on them in fourth and fifth.

With a trip to Leeds next on the agenda, it could be a tough time to face the Premier League strugglers. Jesse Marsch’s side have dropped into the bottom three, though they are likely to put up a fight in front of a hostile Elland Road crowd.

For Tuchel, his task will be navigating through the match to earn all three points ahead of the FA Cup final with Liverpool at the weekend. He also has some key decisions to make, such as whether he sticks with Romelu Lukaku after his recent brace.

With that all said, here’s a look at three ways Chelsea can line up against Leeds.

Unchanged from the weekend

While the latter stages of the match saw the game collapse for the Blues, other elements of the game were closer to their best. Lukaku, in particular, had an outstanding match, as his partnership with Timo Werner created problems for the Wolves backline.

Starting XI: Mendy; Rudiger, Silva, Azpilicueta; Alonso, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic, James; Pulisic; Lukaku, Werner.

Changes at the back

One particular problem the Blues faced, particularly in the first half, were individual performances from Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso. The former particularly struggled, being slightly too aggressive in his press at times and picking up an early yellow, whilst the latter was substituted at half-time.

Luckily, Tuchel has some options to pick from, with Trevoh Chalobah and Andreas Christensen both able to play at centre-back, while Saul Niguez is capable at wing-back.

Starting XI: Mendy; Rudiger, Silva, Christensen; Saul, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic, James; Pulisic; Lukaku, Werner.

Changes upfront

Lukaku regained some of his best form at the weekend, but it may be the right moment to manage the forward. With concerns over his physicality as well as the cup final at the weekend, he could be one of a number of changes to the striking department, with Hakim Ziyech, Mason Mount and Kai Havertz all available.

Starting XI: Mendy; Rudiger, Silva, Christensen; Saul, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic, James; Mount, Ziyech; Havertz.

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