And just like that…the Premier League is back! Chelsea’s title defence begins at home to Burnley on Saturday afternoon.
Antonio Conte has some big decisions to make after a difficult pre-season campaign and a Community Shield defeat to penalty still fresh in his mind.
Chelsea’s summer has been dominated by talk of transfers, or lack of, but Conte will need to choose between Michy Batshuayi, who has proved a point in pre-season or summer signing Alvaro Morata.
The Italian has claimed that Morata is fit to start the game against Burnley, but refused to confirm whether the former Real Madrid would make his Premier League debut.
Here is who we think will start on Saturday:
GK – Thibaut Courtois
An obvious choice in between the sticks. Chelsea’s number one.
RWB – Antonio Rudiger
With Victor Moses suspended Antonio Rudiger could make his Premier League debut as a right wing-back.
CB – Cesar Azpilicueta
Solid, dependable, one of the first names on the team sheet.
CB – David Luiz
Has looked a little shaky at times throughout pre-season but starts on Saturday after a stellar first campaign back at the Bridge.
CB – Gary Cahill (C)
It was a captain’s performance from Cahill on Sunday, despite the loss. A big season ahead for the England international, stepping into John Terry’s boots.
LWB – Marcos Alonso
Like Moses, Alonso has seen his position under threat this summer, he needs to get off to go a good start this season.
CM – Cesc Fabregas
It’s evidently clear at the moment that Chelsea are short in midfield and are likely to be forced to play Cesc Fabregas alongside N’Golo Kante, which, is not necessarily a bad thing.
It’s the type of game suited to the Spaniard’s style of play and his range of passing will be key to unlocking the Burnley defence.
CM – N’Golo Kante
Another one who is one of the first names on the team sheet. It’s a big season for the Frenchman. He’ll need to produce the goods again if he wants to cement his place as one of the top midfielders in the league and in Europe.
CAM – Willian
Willian is likely to come in for the injured Hazard and with Pedro also injured, a 3-5-2 system could be on the cards. The Brazilian always performed when he was given the chance last season, so he’ll be out to impress Conte.
ST – Michy Batshuayi
The Belgian has impressed in pre-season and looks like he’ll get his chance at the start of the new Premier League campaign.
ST – Alvaro Morata
Perhaps the biggest talking point of the team. Conte has hinted that he could start. It’s, of course, going to take the striker time to adapt to the Premier League and Chelsea’s style of play.