CHELSEA boss Frank Lampard has a tough few days on his hands as he prepares to lead his side out against Bayern Munich.
The Blues take on the German giants in the Champions League last-16 first-leg at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
Lampard watched his side scrap their way to an impressive – and highly important – 2-1 win over top-four rivals Tottenham on Saturday.
And they did so thanks to two players who looked all-but certain to quit last month – Olivier Giroud and Marcos Alonso.
Blues boss Lampard will now need to decide whether to stick with those two or pick what is arguably his strongest XI come 8pm.
Willy Caballero looks set to keep his place between the sticks after impressing since Kepa Arrizabalaga lost his place owing to poor form.
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Reece James should start at right-back in a back-four – after Lampard dallied with a back-three/five at the weekend.
Cesar Azpilicueta is almost certain to start on the left with Antonio Rudiger in the middle.
Andreas Christensen, who started against Spurs, will fight it out with Kurt Zouma for the other centre-back spot on Tuesday.
N’Golo Kante is still out injured, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek is still battling his way back to full fitness.
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That means Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho and Mason Mount are set to start in the middle of the park – with Ross Barkley back on the bench.
Willian and Callum Hudson-Odoi are set to start on the wings, with Christian Pulisic facing a race against time to be fit.
Tammy Abraham is likely to grab his starting spot back from Giroud, despite the Frenchman’s goal against Tottenham, now he is fully fit again.
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