What are Chelsea playing at with that XI? Twitter reacts

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: