Zouma starts confirmed Chelsea lineup vs Southampton – Tuchel makes crucial changes

Chelsea face Southampton at St Mary’s in just under an hour, and the teams are in!

Tammy Abraham races back to fitness, and he’s ready to play up top with Timo Werner and Mason Mount as “false 10” behind him. It will be interesting to see whether this is just giving Olivier Giroud a break for future games or whether Tammy has really established himself as first choice.

Reece James plays ahead of CHO at right wing back, with Kurt Zouma replacing Andreas Christensen in the back 3. Clearly Thiago Silva, despite having trained in the last few days, is being saved for next week’s game against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.

The midfield finally sees N’Golo Kante paired with Mateo Kovacic. Edu Mendy returns to reclaim his position in goal from Kepa.

This is a very nice team, and very close to what we would consider optimal in this formation.