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Tuchel sacked: How Chelsea could lineup under Graham Potter?

Graham Potter at Chelsea
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The former Brighton manager arrives at Stamford Bridge after a busy transfer window.

Chelsea are on the verge of signing Graham Potter as their new manager after Thomas Tuchel’s surprise dismissal on Wednesday.

The English manager joins the Blues on a five-year deal, ending his three-year stint at Brighton.

At Chelsea, Potter will have the perfect ingredients to kick-start a new era. The Blues’ £255m transfer window under Todd Boehly has seen eight new faces join the squad.

But how will Potter use the new signings to shape his Chelsea lineup?

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What is Potter’s preferred formation?

Similar to Tuchel, Potter usually uses a three-man backline in defence.

However, he will most likely change Tuchel’s 3-4-3 formation to a 3-5-2 setup.

Kalidou Koulibaly and Wesley Fofana will most likely continue their role in Chelsea’s backline. But, Potter might decide to start his former Brighton player, Marc Cucurella, over Thiago Silva.

Silva will also have to compete against Trevoh Chaloba if Potter decides to keep Cucurella in his natural left wing-back position.

However, we expect the English boss to use Ben Chilwell and Reece James as his two wing-backs.

In midfield, N’Golo Kante’s injury will most likely convince Potter to use Jorginho for more defensive stability.

A duo of Matteo Kovacic and Mason Mount will play in front of Jorginho, enabling Chelsea to pull off quick transitions.

Potter’s side also have two quick attackers upfront. Similar to his preferred Brighton lineup, Potter could use two target forwards at Chelsea.

Raheem Sterling might, however, stay slightly behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as he tries to link up with Chilwell or Cucurella down the left flank.

This will also put more pressure on Mason Mount, who must compete against Kai Havertz for a starting spot.