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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. gonzalocampos
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Looking at Chelsea I am not convinced to get Ings; especially with his price tag.

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      More for the Leeds game & subsequent doubles, you'd imagine.

    2. Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      It's dependent on other doubles being announced really

      1. marcos11
          1 month, 24 days ago

          This, I’m dependent on whether they get a dgw26

      2. waldo666
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Looking at Chelsea playing Newcastle without Wilson and hence almost zero scoring threat?

      3. Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        If they were not getting another double I would sell for Kane immediately

      4. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        I don't want any Southampton players, doubles or not.

        1. Fit_to_drop
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Me the same. I never buy them. Up and down.

      5. Patio Kev
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Soton have just managed a club record first ever 6 straight defeats in a row and their squad is decimated, you really would do well to avoid for now. Sinking faster than that famous ship that sailed from their docks.

    3. Atimis
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 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

    4. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Fake crowd noise guy making the crowd cheer like they've just won the CL at the final whistle.

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Hahahahahahahhaahhahah

    5. Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Chelsea assets completely dead for the rest of the season then? Can't even predict which keeper is gonna play.

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Rudiger is low risk

        1. marcos11
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Currently have Rudiger also

          • Mr. O'Connell
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            You'd like to think so, but who knows. Certainly wouldn't invest in an attacker right now

        2. THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Azpi and Rudiger seem nailed

        3. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          I wouldn't touch the mids/forwards (alright, Werner does have a chance...) - but defenders are a decent bet.

          Azpi, Rudiger or Alonso would be my picks.

        4. Dthinger
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Jorginho has started every match under touchel, right? and penalties for barely any money.

      2. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Chelsea a CS machine.
        I get their defenders.
        Defence ruined
        I get rid of their defender
        Chelsea a CS machine again

      3. Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Bit random but anyone looking at a WBA punt?

        Maybe sell Chilwell for Ajayi and have him 5th def?

        They have the best fixtures and maybe a double right?

        Sounds mad I know but why not this year? Nailed at least! Can score!

        1. Nomar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          In a word, no.

          1. Stupendous
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Haha ta

        2. Hulk Smash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Diagne looks capable of a goal. Potentially a good enabler up top.

          1. Stupendous
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Not a chance if I'm 3 4 3 with all the doubles, Vardy, Kane, Ings, Bam etc

            Cheers though

            If I needed a 3 5 2 sure but he's a 6m sub?

          2. Fit_to_drop
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Surely Maja an even better enabler. In a team that look like they can achieve some results.

        3. marcos11
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Looking at Johnstone and maybe Pereira on a wildcard for my bb

            1. Stupendous
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Nice. Cheers

          • SADIO SANÉ
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            quite like Ajayi for the double

        4. Ruinenlust
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Will DCL pley against City?

          1. Stupendous
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            He might be on the pitch.

            Playing is a different story.

          2. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            He could end up with a brace in a 3 2 classic encounter?

        5. BENOIT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          The likely Spurs double in 26 looks great...

          Any of their defenders worth a look?

          1. tuturututu
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Aurier or Dier

          2. tuturututu
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Tuchel robbing me of my Mendy CS there. Ah well I finally bought Martinez now.

              How is this looking for next gw?

              Martinez
              Shaw, Dallas, Stones
              Salah, Bruno(c), Sterling, Maddison, Gundogan
              Kane, Bamford

              Ruduger on the bench

            • Hulk Smash
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Kepa getting 2 bonus for that is hideous.

              1. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Why? Actually did well today.

              2. marcos11
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Thought he played well

                • Egg noodle
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Did you watch the game?

              3. grooveymatt65
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Who would you captain for this week out of:

                A. Ings
                B. Bamford
                C. Raphinha

                1. Nomar
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  B

                2. tuturututu
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    B

                  • Dthinger
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    honestly, I am not planning to over-think it. I'm going to ignore the double GW players and captain one of my consistent returners--Bruno, Salah, or Gundo.

                    1. mrelpea
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Same. I have Dallas, Ings and Bamford playing twice,but Ill captain Bruno

                  • waldo666
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    B

                3. SADIO SANÉ
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  0.5 to spend, where's it going?

                  McCarthy Johnstone
                  Cancelo Digne Pereira Dallas Struijk
                  Bruno Maddison Barnes Foden Gundog
                  Kane Ings Bamford

                  1. PascalCygan
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Maybe just bank it?

                    1. SADIO SANÉ
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      ta

                4. aborg
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Wow Werner scored his first goal in as long as I can remember !

                5. drughi
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Nice parting gift from the west ham lads cresswell and coufal

                  1. Fudgy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    It's so difficult to get rid but I feel like I have to do the same lol

                    1. Nomar
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Why get rid of Creswell?

                      For DGW crap?

                      1. Fudgy
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 24 days ago

                        To fund Son and Kane. It's probably a mistake.

                        1. Geriatric Unathletic
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          1 month, 24 days ago

                          I'm looking to bring Cresswell in :).

                          1. Geriatric Unathletic
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 10 Years
                            1 month, 24 days ago

                            For Digne.

                      2. Egg noodle
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 24 days ago

                        Look at those fixtures

                    2. KAPTAIN KANE
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Keep one

                  2. DBossman_2000
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Same here. Loved owning them but time to go sadly.

                6. JohnnyRev7
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Thanks to Werner it's ton up for me this GW.

                  * Waves his bat and cap at the rest of the forum in some silly cricket type gesture *

                  1. PascalCygan
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    * claps from the balcony *

                    On 97, hoping Cancelo, Stones and Gundo get me past 100 (now Mee is out)

                  2. Maarrrr17
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Nice work, on 111 with 6 to go, but bench boost played. Antonio and dias not playing is a whack to the goolies though.

                  3. JohnnyRev7
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Bloody good show chaps! Time for tea now.

                    2nd innings on Wednesday.

                    I do hope matron has made us enough sandwiches to keep us going.

                7. PascalCygan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  I’ve used FH and BB already so I think I’ll navigate the doubles and BGW29 with FTs.

                  This week I’m thinking of using 2FTs. Antonio to Bamford and either:
                  A) DCL to Ings and Soucek to Raphinha ( -4)
                  B) one of the above for free

                  How about it?

                  2FT 4.5ITB
                  McCarthy
                  Cancelo Mee Dallas
                  Salah Bruno Son Gundogan
                  DCL Antonio Watkins

                  Martinez Stones Soucek Coufal

                  Thanks !

                  1. Baps hunter
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Probably both, since you need Raphinha gw 29.

                    1. PascalCygan
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Thanks. Yeah, that’s my thinking. And I rather conservatively only used one FT for 24, thinking I’d want to attack DGW25 that bit more. Hits have worked so far this season!

                8. jason_ni
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Plan had been to get Dallas in for Cresswell, but seems wrong now!

                  Could do Saka -> Raphina instead, or is Dallas the better bet?

                  A) Stick with Plan - Dallas in for Cresswell
                  B) Raphina in for Saka

                  Dias - Cancelo - AWB - Lowton - Cresswell
                  Salah - Son - Bruno F - Gundo - Saka

                  1. Dirty Harry
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    B

                  2. AC/DC AFC
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    B

                  3. Egg noodle
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    B

                  4. Camzy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    B.

                  5. waldo666
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    B

                  6. Fit_to_drop
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    I think selling or benching a point scoring player is asking for trouble in Fantasy.

                9. Dirty Harry
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Anyone looking at a Leicester defender for DGW26-GW29?

                  ARS/bur - bha - SHU

                  1. Dthinger
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Perreira always on my mind

                    1. JohnnyRev7
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      "You were perreira on my mind

                      Tell me
                      Tell me that your sweet love hasn't died
                      Give me
                      Give me one more chance
                      To keep you satisfied, satisfied"

                      Sorry couldn't resist.

                      1. 2's Kompany 3's M…
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 24 days ago

                        Was thinking the same !

                  2. Easy Cheesy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    If I knew amartey would play the dgw he would be in

                    1. JohnnyRev7
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      If I knew what Bill Gates knew as a teenager I would be in.

                  3. marcos11
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Possibly if a cheap Justin replacement becomes available like Thomas or Amartey

                    • Original Pirate Material
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Yes

                  4. dunas_dog
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Would you

                    A Keep Cavani for Newcastle game and then transfer to Kane
                    B Transfer Cavani to Ings then Kane in 26
                    C Transfer Cavani to Kane for West Ham week 25 game

                    1. wulfrunian
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      a

                    2. Wılly
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      B holds the greatest risk vs. reward,
                      I think I prefer A though.

                      Also if Southampton get back to back doubles would you want to remove Ings?

                      Could you maybe look at a cheaper Southampton midfielder like JWP who you can keep?

                      1. dunas_dog
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 24 days ago

                        Good point thanks. If they get back to back I would probably want to keep (although think he will be benched for one game) and either Bamford or more likely Watkins to Kane

                    3. waldo666
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      A

                  5. BENOIT
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Thought Tuchel was supposed to be a fan of Pulisic?

                    1. Wılly
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Best way to keep him from getting injured is to not play him

                      1. Dthinger
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 24 days ago

                        lol. accurate.

                    2. Camino Aleatorio
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      I think Puli is ok, spicy little winger.

                      But he should be sold to lower club like Fulham

                      Then Chelsea can get war horse like Watford's Sarr or an emerging beast like Harvey Barnes. The deal with Leicester is they want big money for any player, but they might be tempted by the promise of American hype and trade Barnes for Puli.

                  6. Wılly
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    DGW 26 doublers:
                    Pope,
                    Cancelo, Tarkowski
                    Salah, Sterling, Gundogan, Bruno, Son
                    Adams*

                    Singles:
                    Bamford, Dallas, Coufal

                    Dross:
                    Branthwaite, Brewster, Forster

                    Would you keep this team or wildcard and refresh?
                    WC & BB available, so if I did WC I would be using BB

                    1. Dirty Harry
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Who would you change on the WC?

                      If it's only a few, I'd keep it for post 29

                      1. Wılly
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 24 days ago

                        I'd look to the change the bottom 6, Adams, Burnley and drop a midfield premium for Kane. So looking at 9 changes minimum with a WC

                    2. dunas_dog
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      As you have BB I would WC and get Spurs Villa as priority as likely to have double in 26 and play 29. I would still get Bamford and/or Raphinha for 25

                  7. Camzy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    If you could only buy one:

                    Bamford or Ings?

                    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      ings

                    2. Wılly
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Ings but will he play all the doubles & is he worth then extra money?

                      1. Camzy
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 24 days ago

                        Different game so money doesn't really matter. I guess the answer will probably become clearer once the doubles are confirmed.

                    3. AC/DC AFC
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Immediately Wolves away is tough enough.

                      But if anyone is going to score 9 past Southampton again it's Leeds United!

                      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 24 days ago

                        haha true 🙂 all these extra fixtures are very appealing for ings though

                  8. Camino Aleatorio
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    I wonder if Lampard is saying to himself....

                    "By damn, I did suck"

                    1. tiger
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      ...Mount?

                  9. Super Saints
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    DCL to Ings for free? DCL dropping and Ings close to rising.

                    Why is Son dropping lol?

                    1. Fudgy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      I removed Son 😛

                      1. Super Saints
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 24 days ago

                        I think I will too if I WC, what do you think of the below team for BB 26?

                        Martinez Johnstone
                        Cancelo Stones Shaw Struijk Lowton/Aina
                        Salah Bruno Grealish Gundogan Maddison(Raphina for 25)
                        Kane Bamford

                    2. PascalCygan
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      I’m going to do DCL and Antonio to Bamford and Ings this week I think. Might do one of those tonight with those price changes in mind

                  10. SM001
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Is Alonso a thing again now?

                  11. Ajax Hamsterdam
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    selling cresswell for dallas feels like such a bad move...shall I do it?other defenders are dias stones and awb and they all have extra games to play.

                    1. Fit_to_drop
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Selling a point scoring player in Fantasy is asking to be punished. I never do it.

                      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 24 days ago

                        you re probably right 🙂

                  12. Gudjohnsen
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Any of the Leeds boys rising tonight?

                    1. Gemma817
                        1 month, 24 days ago

                        Dallas and Raph at 98 and 97

                    2. Gemma817
                        1 month, 24 days ago

                        How's this looking for a WC team?

                        Martinez, Guaita
                        Lowton, Target, Dier, Stones, Cancelo
                        Bruno, Son, Grealish, Gundo, Raphinha
                        Bamford, Ings, Kane

                        GW 26 Transfer out Raphinha for DGW-ers and then BB.

                        1. Gemma817
                            1 month, 24 days ago

                            Should I have Dallas and target this DGW too?

                          • dunas_dog
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 24 days ago

                            Looks good- no Salah always a risk- I would get Areola as second keeper. Palace not that great and Shaw over Dier

                          • Fit_to_drop
                            • 1 Year
                            1 month, 24 days ago

                            Sanchez or Areola for Guaita though I don’t know double standing but still wouldn’t sign Guaita anyway. They are leaky this season n

                          • Fit_to_drop
                            • 1 Year
                            1 month, 24 days ago

                            Lose Dier

                          • Super Saints
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 24 days ago

                            Dier!? Dallas over him for sure. Maybe Aina over Lowton if Fulham get a double in 26. Johnstone over Guiata? Look at his fixtures

                          • Gemma817
                              1 month, 24 days ago

                              Thank you so much guys! Will keep all these mind before finalizing.

                          • Djrleeds
                              1 month, 24 days ago

                              Would anyone play Mccarthy over ederson this dgw?

                              1. Sturridge Wars
                                • 6 Years
                                1 month, 24 days ago

                                If you have Bamford or Raphina then no.

                              2. waldo666
                                • 10 Years
                                1 month, 24 days ago

                                Not Ederson but I'll probably play Pope ahead of him.

                            • Rhodes your boat
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 24 days ago

                              Wc thoughts? 0.0itb

                              Martinez McCarthy
                              Cancelo stones shaw Dallas konsa
                              Salah Bruno son gundo raph
                              Kane bamford Watkins