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The Chelsea lineup that should start against Barnsley in the FA Cup


Thomas Tuchel will get his first taste of the FA Cup when he takes his Chelsea side up to Yorkshire to face Barnsley in Thursday’s fifth round tie.

Frank Lampard’s last act as Chelsea boss was to book the Blues’ spot in this round with a 3-1 win over Luton Town, and Tuchel will expect to keep his unbeaten start going with victory against the team they put six goals past earlier in the season.

Here’s how they should line up.

Kurt Zouma
Zouma could be back in the fold | Visionhaus/Getty Images

Kepa Arrizabalaga (GK) – Tuchel hasn’t had a close look at Kepa yet. The Spaniard has been given the fresh start he desperately needed and will hope for a solid showing.

Kurt Zouma (CB) – Yet to play a minute under the new boss, it’s time for Zouma to get his chance to force his way back into the starting lineup. Any chance to rest Cesar Azpilicueta should be taken.

Andreas Christensen (CB) – With Thiago Silva still out injured, there aren’t many options for Tuchel. Christensen has been excellent since coming in from the cold and fully merits his spot.

Antonio Rudiger (CB) – Mixing a disasterous own goal with an excellent defensive showing against Sheffield United, Rudiger will likely keep his spot in the team for this one.

Hakim Ziyech
Ziyech hasn’t featured much recently | Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images

Callum Hudson-Odoi (RM) – Barnsley will likely look to sit deep and frustrate Chelsea, so Hudson-Odoi’s energy and creativity out wide could well be key to getting a result.

Billy Gilmour (CM) – Promoted to the bench for the Sheffield United game, Gilmour will be champing at the bit to prove he deserves more minutes under the new boss.

N’Golo Kante (CM) – Having taken a back seat to Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic so far, Kante will hope to show that he has the passing skills required to make it in Tuchel’s midfield.

Marcos Alonso (LM) – Alonso has rotated with Ben Chilwell since Tuchel’s arrival, so it’s tough to predict who will start here. It was the latter who started against Sheffield United, so Alonso may well return for this one.

Kai Havertz (AM) – After missing out last time with a knock, this could be a good chance to get Havertz, who bagged a hat-trick against Barnsley in the Carabao Cup, back up to speed.

Hakim Ziyech (AM) – Ziyech hasn’t featured under Tuchel since the 0-0 draw with Wolves, so this will be a good chance to give the Moroccan the stage to strut his stuff.

Tammy Abraham
Abraham has struggled for minutes | Pool/Getty Images

Tammy Abraham (ST) – It’s hard to say this early on, but Abraham does appear to be out of favour under Tuchel. He’s managed just one start (and he was hauled off at half-time), so this will be a great chance for him to prove himself.

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