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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. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    How the hell do people expect Ings to score vs this CHE defense? I think it is better to do other transfers.

    1. Tcheco
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Sheffield scored against them last week

      1. waldo666
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        This. They're hardly impenetrable, they are playing a Wilsonless Newcastle rn.

      2. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        No it is Rudiger that scored.

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Correct!

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Ings in won’t just be for one DGW.

      Saints press will cause problems.

    3. PascalCygan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      But the Leeds defence?

      1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Thats one team hence SGW + 2 points

        1. PascalCygan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Chelsea haven’t faced any decent strikers under Tuchel yet. I think he’s a decent option

          1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            I would agree if it was a striker from a better team.

          2. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            This is a good point. We haven't. I'm still convinced we can out-play Southampton, but you never known - them playing us before Athletic & United could be a good thing for them.

            1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Its about probability when forecasting. case in point is that I benched Son last week based on City's defensive record and it paid off when he blanked.

              1. PascalCygan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                And probability is why we all max out on doubles. Don’t get blinded by them but, for example, I undersold myself with just one Burnley defender this week

            2. PascalCygan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              For sure. I still expect Chelsea to win but there’s something of the Vardy about Ings, isn’t there? Can pull something out of the bag whoever the opposition, like Liverpool this season

              1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Liverpool were not keeping cleanies at the time. Check their last 5 fixtures prior to the game.

                1. PascalCygan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  We get it, you don’t think Ings is an option. Plenty of others do, though, and his track record suggests he could be decent. Good luck whichever way you go!

    4. FPL Pillars
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      The good thing about this is that you’ve your own team. Do what you think is best hey

      1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Agreed.

  2. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Kepa being a keeper now Alisson has taken over his old role.

  3. waldo666
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Out of interest, those copping Dallas off the bench, who was second? Coufal for me.

    1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Son

      1. waldo666
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Not so bad.

    2. stooffrob
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Son 2nd for me, 3 points difference so not too bad. I switched those two around for a bit before the deadline, so tis a wee bit annoying, but I went for the gamble

        1. waldo666
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          As above. I was playing Dallas until I brought Stones in so was always gunna move to first on the bench, annoying but can't complain.

    3. Milkman Bruno
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Mendy and Chillwell in my team. Fark

        1. Captain Vantastic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Frank is that you?

          1. Milkman Bruno
              1 month, 29 days ago

              😆

        2. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          How can Kepa keep a clean sheet and Werner score a goal in the same game? These things aren't supposed to happen.

          1. Milkman Bruno
              1 month, 29 days ago

              And we all thought 2020 was fu***d

            • Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Contender for strangest events of the season.

            • Pompel
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              We are in a parallel FPL reality

            • svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Has anyone told Tuchel he's only Kepa's assistant manager?

          2. Gemma817
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Are Soton due multiple DGWs?

            • Pompel
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Do we expect Struijk to play both DGW25 matches , as he has started all games since GW15? Perfect enabler for me going forward

              1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                I would expect so.

            • Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Reece blocker.

              1. Duke Silver ☑
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Some keyboards getting smashed right now 😆

            • Traction Engine Foot
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              This season is mad. Kepa has a save point

            • Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              This is brutal, the safety score for not getting red arrow for OR around 100K is 76! The DGW has not even finished, 2 games to go!

              1. THFC4LIFE
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                80 points safety score for me at 92k before this week, crazy

            • andres
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              was waiting with the wc button until dgw 26 fixtures are confirmed... is that going to happen anytime soon? or it was just a guess

              1. Magic Zico
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Looks like it's going to happen, when exactly that's the question

              2. Scots Gooner
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Should hear before deadline. But it might not leave much time to throw a team together.

            • Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 29 days ago

              When you've got a problem. And no one else can help. And you can find him. Send on Andy Carroll.

            • Milkman Bruno
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Is Sterling to Fernandes worth a -4?

                1. Bushwhacker
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Seriously?

                  1. Milkman Bruno
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      Yeah seriously.

                      1. Milkman Bruno
                          1 month, 29 days ago

                          Fernandes owned by 60%, reliable with the armband and scoring each week ruining my rank and Sterling owned by 14%

                    • Pompel
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      What's up with Raz?

                      1. Chrisitis
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 29 days ago

                        CL rotation expensive

                  2. Atimis
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    Maybe could save WC and just go without BB in 26?
                    Robo to Dallas this week, followed by Antonio Stephens to Kane Barnes -4 before 26?

                    Martinez/Martin
                    Robo/Cancelo/Stones/Tarko/Coufal
                    Salah/Bruno/Grealish/Gundo/Stephens
                    DCL/Antonio/Bamford

                  3. manu4life99
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    Start Areola(SHU) or Martinez(LEI)?

                    1. antis0cial
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      Areola

                    2. matiakez
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      It doesn't feel like benching martinez ever ends well

                    3. Ruinenlust
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      Marty

                      1. mr. inconspicuous
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 29 days ago

                        Think I’m going Areola

                  4. PP6
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    Thoughts on BB26 WC team?
                    Will do Raphina and Bamford to Watkins and Barnes in 26

                    Martinez Areola
                    Shaw Cancelo Stones Burn El Mohamedy
                    Son Salah Bruno Barnes Gundogan
                    Maja Kane Watkins.

                    1. PascalCygan
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      Nice, good moves

                  5. Better luck next year
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    When are DGW fixtures announced?

                  6. Greek Shamrocks
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    No Chilly! 6 points from the bench incoming!

                  7. Rash
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    Any crypto geeks on here? Whats the best platform to purchase coins from within the UK and is Exodus wallet any good?

                    TIA

                    1. Fudgy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      Been trading crypto for a long time. Exodus is a good desktop wallet and binance is a good place to search. Research DeFi and Uniswap if you want serious money.

                      1. Fudgy
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 29 days ago

                        Start not search*

                      2. Rash
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 29 days ago

                        I'm a proper noob with this stuff. Was on football index but that boat has sank it seems.

                        1. Fudgy
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 29 days ago

                          1. Make a binance account
                          2. Don't ever go back on football index
                          3. Never use coinbase

                  8. COVID-CASUAL
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      James on saves me from Dallas -1

                      But srsly needs to get out of my team next week. Terrible punt. James, not Dallas

                      1. FPL Pillars
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 29 days ago

                        James nearly scored as well just after he came on

                    • Gemma817
                        1 month, 29 days ago

                        None thinks Ings could be trap? I mean how many doubles are Soton supposed to get anyway?

                        1. Ruinenlust
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 29 days ago

                          Already got me 8 points this week

                        2. AzzaroMax99
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 29 days ago

                          I am buying him. On pens, solid fixtures...if he stays clear from injures.

                        3. antis0cial
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 29 days ago

                          He could be but he’s a better option than Antonio right now.

                        4. Gudjohnsen
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 29 days ago

                          He is for sure because I suck at this game and just got him in.

                        5. Hazz
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 29 days ago

                          I don't think he'll go as mad as people are hoping, but that Leeds fixture is almost worth targeting alone. They are hopeless at defining & Ings is a clinical finisher.

                        6. Gemma817
                            1 month, 29 days ago

                            Cheers, lads!

                            Help me pick amongst: Kane, Bamford, Watkin and Ings?

                            I'm on WC. I want to keep Watkins as he plays in BGW 29. Kane and Bamford to be are not droppable rn imo. So, where am I with Ings then?

                          • Camzy
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 10 Years
                            1 month, 29 days ago

                            3 in a row. I don't think he's a trap if he gets 6 fixtures where others get 3.

                            1. MMN
                              • 7 Years
                              1 month, 29 days ago

                              But they don't, DCL as likely to get 5

                        7. AzzaroMax99
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 29 days ago

                          Raphina or Harrison?

                          1. FPL Pillars
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 29 days ago

                            R

                          2. antis0cial
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 29 days ago

                            Raph

                          3. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
                            • 8 Years
                            1 month, 29 days ago

                            Raph

                          4. Ruinenlust
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 29 days ago

                            Harry

                          5. AzzaroMax99
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 29 days ago

                            Ok, thx guys.

                          6. waldo666
                            • 10 Years
                            1 month, 29 days ago

                            Raph

                          7. Hazz
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 29 days ago

                            I would rather and do already have Raphinha but I feel the match-ups Harrison is up against favour him a little more than Raph.

                            (Deputy Saints RB & Semedo.)

                            Having said that, Raph plays closer to Bamford and on set pieces which help massively.

                        8. antis0cial
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 29 days ago

                          Any of these sound ok? Already have Meslier/Bamford dgw’ers.

                          A) Holding to Dallas
                          B) Grealish Antonio to Raphinha Ings (-4)
                          C) Digne Antonio to Vestergaard Ings (-4)

                          1. Bobby Digital
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 29 days ago

                            A

                        9. Gudjohnsen
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 29 days ago

                          When will we know about Gundogan's fitness?

                          1. Hazz
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 29 days ago

                            Probably tomorrow when the line-ups come out - or if the team leaks a little early

                            1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
                              • 8 Years
                              1 month, 29 days ago

                              Not playing till Wednesday.

                            2. Stupendous
                              • 8 Years
                              1 month, 29 days ago

                              You mean in two days when the match is being played?

                            3. Hazz
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              1 month, 29 days ago

                              Yeah all good - thought the match was tomorrow. Same case, when the line-ups come out I imagine.

                          2. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
                            • 8 Years
                            1 month, 29 days ago

                            Hopefully tomorrow.

                          3. jammie26
                              1 month, 29 days ago

                              About 7.15 on Wednesday night.

                          4. andres
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 9 Years
                            1 month, 29 days ago

                            sell antonio or DCL?

                            for Bamford

                            1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
                              • 8 Years
                              1 month, 29 days ago

                              Antonio.

                          5. jammie26
                              1 month, 29 days ago

                              Just put the clelsea game, am i seeing things, Werner scored? Must be a mistake right?

                              1. seanie3
                                • 9 Years
                                1 month, 29 days ago

                                and Kepa keeps a clean sheet, in a defence consisting of Dave, Rudiger, Alonso & Christensen... well i never

                            • Bruce Lee
                              • 2 Years
                              1 month, 29 days ago

                              digga d - toxic is a work of art

                              1. Fudgy
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 1 Year
                                1 month, 29 days ago

                                :mrgreen:

                                1. Bruce Lee
                                  • 2 Years
                                  1 month, 29 days ago

                                  you like it fudgy?

                                  1. Fudgy
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 1 Year
                                    1 month, 29 days ago

                                    I liked the message 😛

                            • The Ilfordian
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              1 month, 29 days ago

                              So Chilwell misses the whole game. Part 2 of operation ’Get Barnes12points off my bench’ after Antonio no show with just DCL’s recovery to be postponed for another match.

                              1. circusmonkey
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 10 Years
                                1 month, 29 days ago

                                Seemed like Mission Impossible at one point but now it is a Cruise.

                                1. Stupendous
                                  • 8 Years
                                  1 month, 29 days ago

                                  Awful. Just awful mate.

                                2. The Ilfordian
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 3 Years
                                  1 month, 29 days ago

                                  Haha. It looked Far and Away at one point but i will hopefully extend my reign man! Sorry that was rubbish- long day

                              2. Stupendous
                                • 8 Years
                                1 month, 29 days ago

                                My rival gets Barnes off his bench unless Taylor plays for Burnley. Not to mention Laca was his first sub!!!

                                I get Dallas for Chilwell

                                Shocking

                                1. AC/DC AFC
                                  • 5 Years
                                  1 month, 29 days ago

                                  Could have put DCL in line.

                                2. The Ilfordian
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 3 Years
                                  1 month, 29 days ago

                                  That’s bad luck. I thought Laca was a guaranteed start and Dallas good for a few points; it’s a crap shoot out there

                            • Oooo Matron
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 29 days ago

                              What would you do here over next two GWs? Four transfers max , nothing in the bank.

                              Martinez
                              Dias Cancelo Dallas
                              Grealish Fernandes Sterling Salah Son
                              Bamford Watkins

                              Subs: Button, Dawson, Mee, Brewster

                              1. tomasjj
                                • 6 Years
                                1 month, 29 days ago

                                Looks ok.
                                Could perhaps downgrade Sterling to get one better striker?
                                Kane Barnes in?

                            • cruzex
                              • 8 Years
                              1 month, 29 days ago

                              No assist to werner, why???

                              1. circusmonkey
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 10 Years
                                1 month, 29 days ago

                                Palmed out from its natural path.