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Chelsea’s Raheem Sterling takes a swipe at Pep Guardiola

At the time of writing, Chelsea are preparing for a meeting with Leeds United on Sunday afternoon. And the fixture could be a more difficult time than some observers may perhaps imagine.

Winning at Elland Road is not an easy proposition: the supporters are as passionate and noisy as any others on average, and part of the Leeds style of play has always been intensity and tough tackling.

This is a solid test for Thomas Tuchel, whose team, including newly acquired players, truly deserved three points and were clearly robbed against London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Following the emotionally charged draw with Spurs, the Blues team news is in for the Peacocks clash.

Edouard Mendy starts in goal, typically, with centrebacks Kalidou Koulibaly, Thiago Silva and Reece James providing the Senegalese’s protection.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is again at right wingback, with Marc Cucurella accompanying the Englishman on the opposing flank.

Conor Gallagher has been offered a great opportunity to stake his claim in the XI, in the absence of N’golo Kante. Joining the former Crystal Palace loanee in central midfield is Jorginho.

The attacking trio is, once again, Mason Mount, Raheem Sterling and Kai Havertz.

There is also an argument that the latter two possibly have more suitable positions:

Mount arguably at No.10, with Havertz potentially doing more damage elsewhere with less onus on him to be the main target man.

We will probably see the head coach employ an interchangeable type of system up front, in which his attackers can occupy and confuse opposition defenders instead of their usual markers.

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