Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino makes big Sterling and Jackson calls v Burnley

Mauricio Pochettino previews Chelsea's clash with Burnley

Chelsea are aiming to record back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time under Mauricio Pochettino but the Argentine has plenty of questions surrounding his lineup for the trip to Burnley. Vincent Kompany’s side are still without a win at home since returning to the top flight and the Blues will hope that run can continue, but whether the likes of Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Jackson return to the team after illness and suspension respectively, remains to be seen. Here, Express Sport has taken a look at the potential lineup Pochettino could name to face Burnley.

Goalkeeper: Robert Sanchez

Only league leaders Manchester City have conceded fewer goals than Chelsea this season, as Robert Sanchez has provided a strong base since his arrival from Brighton in the summer. He has proven adept with his feet and made a number of impressive saves, barring injury it is unlikely that he would come out of the team – especially after a clean sheet away to Fulham last time out.

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Defence: Marc Cucurella, Axel Disasi, Thiago Silva, Levi Colwill

Malo Gusto remains suspended after his red card against Aston Villa and with captain Reece James back fit but also serving a one-match ban after admitting using “improper, insulting and abusive words and behaviour” towards a match official, Marc Cucurella will likely continue to deputise on the right.

Axel Disasi, Thiago Silva and Levi Colwill have all been ever-presents this season and are set to continue in their roles, with the latter continuing to impress at left-back after his assist against Fulham.

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Midfield: Conor Gallagher, Moises Caicedo, Enzo Fernandez

Pochettino found a strong balance in midfield through the trident of Conor Gallagher, Moises Caicedo and Enzo Fernandez but there had been concerns that the Ecuadorian could miss the trip to Turf Moor after he was forced off late in Chelsea’s last game following a collision with Willian.

Pochettino confirmed that he and Mykhaylo Mudryk would be in contention to play after their respective injuries. “Yes, both in the squad, we will decide later whether they have a chance for the start,” Pochettino said when asked about Caicedo and Mudryk. “It was close last week to join us. This week they have trained well, I still have not decided, I need to check with Jesus (Perez, assistant coach) and the medical staff.”

Attack: Cole Palmer, Nicolas Jackson, Mykhaylo Mudryk

Cole Palmer and Armando Broja were handed starts and impressed alongside Mudryk against Fulham, as the Albanian marked his first league start in nearly a year with a goal. However, Pochettino may opt to protect the young striker after a long rehabilitation from injury by restoring Jackson to the team after his suspension.

Pochettino did not comment on whether Sterling had recovered from his illness enough to start against Burnley, but Palmer could be handed the chance to carry on from his strong outing against Fulham on the opposite flank to Mudryk if the Ukrainian is considered ready to start again.

In total, Sterling, Palmer, Broja and Jackson will all feel that they deserve to start against Burnley and whichever players are left out can feel harshly done by – but that is the strength in depth Pochettino now has with his stars returning to full fitness.

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