Jose Mourinho is up to his old tricks already by throwing a huge curveball in the pre-match build-up to today’s Capital One Cup final by naming five defenders in the starting XI.
Gary Cahill, Kurt Zouma and John Terry all start against Tottenham Hotspur, with the reliable duo of Cesar Azpilicueta and Branislav Ivanovic filling in the full-back positions.
Cahill had lost his starting berth of late, with Mourinho favouring the relative unknown Kurt Zouma with the 20-year-old impressing in his 12 appearances across the Champions League, FA Cup and Premier League so far this campaign.
The former Porto and Real Madrid gaffer’s decision has led to a few questions:
Will Cahill be told to shadow Tottenham’s man in form, Harry Kane?
Will the former Bolton Wanderers defender be deployed in midfield to compensate for the loss of the suspended Nemanja Matic?
Perhaps it is a real defensive 5-4-1 from Mourinho?
Let’s see what Twitter thinks it is:
#thfc Mourinho throws a curveball with his team selection. Chelsea reporters here reckon Cahill will play in midfield.
— Ben Pearce (@BenPearceSpurs) March 1, 2015
Not having a moan about team selection but why play a Cahill as a DM when you have Ake on the bench #cfc
— Bello Pegap (@bello778) March 1, 2015
Strange #CFC team
— Jack Salisbury (@SalisJack) March 1, 2015
— Vesley Rodrigues (@VesleyR_CFC) March 1, 2015
Every Jose team has balance. He won’t take a chance. They would have practised this all week in training. #cfc
— Charlie Bickell (@cbicks09) March 1, 2015
— flynny (@Buzzhazard72) March 1, 2015
Jose overthinking things today. Really dislike the team selection today. #CFC
— Tony Hickman (@dyslecix) March 1, 2015
I am in the minority but like the line-up. Time will tell whether Cahill DM risk works or not. Support the team! #CFC
— Paul Gellard (@PauloSimao55) March 1, 2015
Think the team will change into 5 at the back tbh. With cesc and rami in the pivot and hazard and Willian on wings and Diego up top.
— Dean Roberts CFC (@BasedSatan_CFC) March 1, 2015
Very interesting.. Zouma playing as a CDM alongside Ramires this afternoon! Otherwise, great team #CFC
— The Blue Lion (@BlueMonster125) March 1, 2015