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Ross Barkley and Hakim Ziyech among nine changes – Chelsea's likely XI vs Southampton


Midfield – Azpilicueta, Loftus-Cheek, Saul, Barkley, Alonso

Cesar Azpilicueta dropped to the bench for his side’s win at the weekend but could return in a right-wing-back role for this encounter.

On the opposite flank, Marcos Alonso could get another chance to show Tuchel what he is missing.

The Spain international began the season as first-choice left-wing-back but has lost his place to Ben Chilwell in recent weeks.

Saul Niguez arrived at Stamford Bridge to a fanfare welcome but failed to impress in the last round against Villa after a poor debut in the Premier League against the same side.

He could be given another chance to display his talents in an advanced role, while Ross Barkley will be looking to make a positive impact in a rare outing.

Meanwhile, Tuchel will likely turn to Ruben Loftus-Cheek to protect his backline.





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