Chelsea travel to Wembley on Tuesday night to take on Tottenham for the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi final.

Maurizio Sarri has selected strong teams throughout the competition as the Blues have overcome Liverpool, Derby and Bournemouth and will likely field his strongest available XI once more as he chases his first piece of silverware with the London club.

Here’s how they could look for Tuesday’s clash.

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Kepa Arrizabalaga

Kepa Arrizabalaga (GK) – The world’s most expensive keeper has already made 27 appearances this season and is expected to line up between the sticks ahead of Willy Caballero.

Cesar Azpilicueta (RB) – Club captain and leader, Azpilicueta is the definition of consistency and has established himself as one of the leading defenders in world football. He has played in every Premier League and Carabao Cup game so far and is certain to start at right-back on Tuesday.

David Luiz (CB) – The Brazilian has largely impressed this campaign, although he arguably had his worst performance in a Chelsea shirt against Tottenham earlier this season when he was at fault for two goals. Luiz will be looking to right those wrongs if he starts on Tuesday night.

Antonio Rudiger (CB) – One of Sarri’s most consistent performers this season, Rudiger has made 23 appearances and has been at rock at the centre of Chelsea’s defence since his move from Roma.

Marcos Alonso (LB) – Alonso hasn’t hit his usual standards this season after being reverted to left-back under Sarri, when he was used as a wing-back under Antonio Conte. He has still managed one goal and three assists but there is more to come from the Spaniard.

2. Midfielders

N'Golo Kante

N’Golo Kante (CM) – Kante has found himself playing further forward this season and has impressed in his new role, scoring three goals and providing two assists. The World Cup winner will be required to get forward as well as track Spurs’ midfield runners Eriksen and Alli.

Jorginho (CM) – Sarri’s main man will continue in his deep-lying midfield role, collecting the ball from the back four and dictating the tempo. However, question marks were raised after his defensive performance against Spurs earlier in the season so Tuesday will be a huge occasion for the Italian.

Ross Barkley (CM) – With Ruben Loftus-Cheek  and Mateo Kovacic doubtful through injury, Barkley will likely be given another opportunity to prove himself in a Chelsea shirt on Tuesday night.

3. Forwards

Eden Hazard

Callum Hudson-Odoi (RW) – Heavily linked with a £30m move to Bayern Munich over the last week, Hudson-Odoi endeared himself to the Chelsea fans when he provided both assists in the 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest at the weekend and is expected to start once more.

Alvaro Morata (ST)Morata bagged both of those goals in the FA Cup and that should have provided him with much needed confidence going forward. He too has been linked with a move away but if he continues to score Sarri may have to rethink.

Eden Hazard (LW) – The talisman of this Chelsea side, Hazard has been in his usual scintillating form this season and his numbers prove that – scoring 12 goals and providing nine assists in a stellar campaign for the Belgian.


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