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Tuchel explains decision to bench Mendy as Chelsea rotation continues

Chelsea face Newcastle United in the second of two Premier League matches to take place on Monday evening.

Kick-off in west London is at 20:00 GMT.

Having rotated frequently since his appointment, Thomas Tuchel has sprung another surprise with his teamsheet tonight.

Edouard Mendy (£5.1m) is the latest high-profile name to face bench duty, with Kepa Arrizabalaga (£4.7m) given another chance to impress his new manager.

Speaking ahead of kick-off, Tuchel explained his decision:

Four of the five most-owned Chelsea players in Fantasy Premier League are among the substitutes this evening, with Timo Werner (£9.2m) the only one to start.

In related news, none of the back five – including goalkeeper Mendy – that Frank Lampard favoured for much of 2020/21 makes Tuchel’s starting XI this evening.

Thiago Silva (£5.6m) is still missing because of injury, with Ben Chilwell (£5.9m), Reece James (£5.0m) and Kurt Zouma (£5.4m) among the replacements.

Tammy Abraham (£7.2m) starts ahead of Olivier Giroud (£6.7m) up front, meanwhile.

Steve Bruce makes four changes to the Newcastle side that beat Southampton in Gameweek 23.

All four are enforced, with Javier Manquillo (£4.2m), Callum Wilson (£6.6m) and Fabian Schar (£4.9m) injured and Jeff Hendrick (£4.5m) suspended.

In come Ciaran Clark (£4.5m), Jamaal Lascelles (£4.2m), Dwight Gayle (£5.9m) and Emil Krafth (£4.2m)into Bruce’s starting XI.


Chelsea XI: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho, Kovacic, Mount, Alonso, Abraham, Werner.

Newcastle United XI: Darlow, Krafth, Lascelles, Clark, Lewis, Hayden, Shelvey, Willock, Almiron, Saint-Maximin, Gayle.

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1,321 Comments Post a Comment
  1. BeaversWithAttitude
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Hand of Giroud. Lol.

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Moved it out of the way beautifully.

  2. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Finally Timo!!

  3. DycheDycheBaby
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    IS THIS A DRILL? IS IT?
    TIMO GOAL? OMGGGGGGG

  4. Bushwhacker
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 28 days ago

    And I was just replying to Fudgy that Werner will start banging goals in under Tuchel . . . . looks a different player to the one Lampard wasted.

    1. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 28 days ago

      You are addicted to me I swear

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        We all are x

        1. Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 28 days ago

          😛

      2. Danno - Emre Canada
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Fudge is a tad moreish!

        1. Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 28 days ago

          :mrgreen: nice reference

  5. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Streaky Werner enters the other side...

    All aboard!

  6. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Newcastle in big trouble. Them and Palace in free fall. Lucky that there is so much crap below them.

    1. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      That 8 point lead over Fulham looking like it’s going to soon disappear.

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Dunno, Fulham are a far better team than both.

  7. Nomar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    So close to a Rudiger assist.

  8. Silecro
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    WWWWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERNEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

  9. SoShy
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Finally! Dropped to 2M rank but was worth the wait TIMO!!

    1. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Hahahaa

  10. Egg noodle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Goddamn Timo could have just converted Alonso's earlier assist

  11. Nerdlinger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Get in Timo!

  12. SADIO SANÉ
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    holy balls, did Timo Werner just do a goal? wow

  13. Coys96
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Thoughts?

    Not sure whether to WC in GW26 to maximise DGW26 and 25 without taking a bunch of hits in. Then I can get Gundo, Kane, Grealish, DCL etc in for free OR just get Kane and TC him

    Pope
    Dias Cancelo Dallas
    Salah Bruno Son Foden Raphinha
    Bamford Watkins

    Martinez Tarkowski Antonio Cresswell

    Help really really appreciated.... btw I am chasing loads!

    1. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      note that to get kane it would be a -8 as would have to get rid of Bamford, Antonio, Tarkowski & Pope

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      WC and have close to 15 doublers, throw a few differential doublers in there too like Alonso etc

    3. Marcin the Pole
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      I'd be tempted to WC in 26 with that, yeah. Particularly if Villa vs Spurs is rearranged in GW29 - makes navigating that and the doubles a lot more manageable.

      Team isn't in bad shape but like you say you're chasing rank and need to really attack the doubles.

      1. Coys96
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Cheers for this, or I could WC this GW so I can use TC in GW26.. but then I have triple leeds and my team is in decent shape

  14. Zladan
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Dallas price rise tonight.

    Coufal to Dallas confirmed. Thanks for the memories Vlad.

    1. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Damn means I have a difficult early decision to make. If getting Dallas, that will incur an extra -4 hit for my planned DGW26 team

  15. DycheDycheBaby
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Timo is now essential. He is going to go mental.

  16. djman102
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Are the Timo floodgates opening? Fair play to those who kept patience since GW1

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      OR37 brought him in last GW - nuts!
      https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/964041/event/24

      1. The Ilfordian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        A good evening for the Linguardino / Werner pairing

      2. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Oh as if

        1. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          He's the 2nd guy in Norway (1st is OR1!)
          It's a bit like Lateriser style upside chasing moves (but actually working out)

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            I’d understand getting Auba more! Werner just seems a step too far....

      3. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Looks a different player under Tuchel . . . still don't like him being packed off on the wings but looks far more potent.

    2. djman102
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Aubamayang, Werner...My GW1 team is killing it this week.

    3. Nerdlinger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Got him a few weeks back. Had a good feeling with tuchel

      1. djman102
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Fair play, especially when most of us were jumping in early on DCL.

  17. SINGH
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Hi please RMBBT for gw26

    Martinez Areola
    Shaw lowton Dias Dallas Dunk
    Son grealish Bruno Soucek Gundo
    Vardy Kane DCL

    Thanks

    1. Kryptonite666
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Why do you want to keep Soucek on a wild card

      Burnley don’t have great fixtures.

      1. Kiwivillan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Huh?

        1. Kryptonite666
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Soucek has a single game week and Burnley don’t have great fixtures. What’s not obvious ?

          1. boogle
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Huh?

      2. SINGH
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        I am scared that he will haul. Ideally I will want to have 15 DGW players but afterwards its gonna become an issue to bench. But thanks I will reconsider.

    2. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Wc?

      1. SINGH
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Yes WC this week then BB for gw26

    3. John Nerdelbaum
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      You'll be bench boosting Soucek against City
      Prefer Raphinha

      1. SINGH
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Thanks

  18. Kryptonite666
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 28 days ago

    How’s this wildcard for BB26 ?

    Martinez McCarthy
    Targett Dallas Cancelo Stones Shaw
    Barnes Salah Gundogan Bruno Son
    Bamford Kane Watkins

    Kane and Son will be Raphinha and Ings in 25

    1. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Looks good. I’d have Kane and/or son in there this week....for example could you do raphinha instead of Barnes or Ings instead of Watkins? And bring them in for 26

      1. Kryptonite666
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 28 days ago

        I saw you were wildcarding too. What’s your draft like ?

        1. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Very similar to yours. Hoping fixtures are announced soon as would love Fulham to have a double

          1. Finding Timo
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Is there any further news when DGW26 games be announced?

            • Super Saints
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Who would you have from Fulham? Areola Aina Maja?

            • Pat Bonner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Actually I can’t afford that team so will need to cut back somewhere!

        2. SINGH
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Agreed think Tot will do well against Spurs. Not sure on Watkins.

        3. SINGH
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Ps: just saw your history and damn you are a good player

      2. SINGH
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        You are confident in Saints defence? Will Cancelo play both games? I have Dias as last DGW Stones was rested for one game and played the other.

        1. Kryptonite666
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Not really, but no other cheap keepers. Which other keeper would you get ?

          1. SINGH
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            If Fulham DGW confirmed then why not Areola?

            1. Kryptonite666
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Could do. Saints could have a DGW in 27 too I think. Will decide based on fixtures.

      3. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Are you sure you can afford that? Great team, do you own son or Kane now as buying them back will be more expensive if you sell on WC.

        1. Kryptonite666
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 28 days ago

          0 ITB so price changes could screw me over. No value tied in Son / Kane

          1. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            My TV is 107 and I can't get close, what are you banking there!?

            1. Kryptonite666
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 28 days ago

              107. Got Martinez and Bamford quite early. How far are you ? Hope I’m not missing something.

              1. Super Saints
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                I got Martinez at 4.5, Bamford at 6.4 though and Cancelo at 5.8 although Son at 9....

            2. Kryptonite666
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Checked and probably because got Cancelo Martinez and Bamford quite cheap

      4. Covid Chameleon
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Good and 7 potential blank game week 29 players ready to set you up for that too.

    2. Silecro
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Werner has actually been phenomenal FPL asset this season if we ignore gameweeks 1-4 and 9-21.

      1. Party time
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Lol

    3. Rash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Ghost teams delighted with Werner goal

    4. A Kun & Mateta
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Delighted for Timo. Team shape probably suits him. Will monitor as has great fixtures.

      1. Kryptonite666
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Really ? His DGW fixtures are pretty shitty

    5. mdm
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Antonio to Ings for -4? Yes or No?

      1. Zladan
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Yes

    6. Frucke
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Any update on gündes injury?

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Nope.

      2. SINGH
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        They won't risk him for longer injury

      3. Camino Aleatorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        IMO

        Most likely gets Pepped even if healthy. MCI has quite a schedule for the next few weeks.

    7. SADIO SANÉ
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Dallas, Raph, Bambam the best Leeds 3?
      McC, Ings - any other Soton player or are they all shite?

      1. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Leeds 3 are the best. Ings def for saints and then not sure who else, could punt on Armstrong or vestergaard but not sure I’d rush to get them if it means more transfers down the line

        1. SADIO SANÉ
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          wonder if Minamino could be a thing? not seen him play for them

          1. Pat Bonner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Not sure, he came off early at weekend which puts me off

          2. Towsor44
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Looked OK on Sunday for them, had a decent scoring chance, but was subbed off early.

    8. Sgt Frank Drebin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Cresswell 4 effective points against my team when I finally have a decent GW... He joins Justin in the club of my most hated players in fpl

    9. Rash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Chilwell Antonio out for Dallas Bamford a very easy move

      1. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        As long as you have enough funds anything is an easy move.

        But, yeah, those seem like decent changes.

        1. Rash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Money no object it seems this season with all the cheap options.. them moves would leave 9.4itb

    10. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Mason Mount would get his noggin smacked in for being a hogg back at school.

    11. A Kun & Mateta
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Is that the real Bentner (Draftlord) with overall rank of 103?

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Ye

        1. Threat Level Midnight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Truly?

      2. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Was ranked very high in recent weeks, so yeah believe that's him.

      3. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Yes, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was managed by Drafthound.com

        1. A Kun & Mateta
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Bendy has found his calling!

    12. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      My plan is BB26 with 3 Single players..

      Pope Martinez
      Dias Cancelo Dunk* Shaw Mee
      Salah Son Raphinha* Fernandes Gundogan
      Bamford* Ant—->Watkins DCL

      Or Antonio/Fernandes can become Kane/Grealish-Barnes-Maddison (-4)
      Think I may ignore Kane due to the hit, also will have to lose Fernandes but his fixtures do get tougher..

      1. Zladan
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        I’m taking a -8 for Kane in DGW26.

        No question.

    13. One of Those Days
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Party or Ings?

      1. SADIO SANÉ
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Partey probably, just