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How Chelsea could line-up against Tottenham in Carabao Cup semi-final with Kante in line for return after Covid absence
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CHELSEA will look to book their place in the Carabao Cup final when they face Spurs in the second leg of their tie on Wednesday evening.
Thomas Tuchel's men take a comfortable 2-0 advantage to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium following a routine win at Stamford Bridge last week.
And Chelsea could be boosted even more by the return of midfield maestro N'Golo Kante following his recovery from Covid.
It remains to be seen whether the Frenchman will be fit enough to start – with centre-back Thiago Silva also hoping to have got back up to speed following his positive test.
Reece James and Ben Chilwell remain sidelined, with Trevoh Chalobah also set to miss the second leg.
But despite those defensive abenstees, Tuchel is still expected to start with a back three – changing from the 4-2-2-2 formation he used in the first leg.
If that is the case and Cesar Azpilicueta drops back into the three then that could mean Christian Pulisic occupies the right wingback role – as he did for the final 10 minutes against Spurs last week.
Alternatively, Hakim Ziyech could also fill in on the right side.
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