How Chelsea could line up against Kawasaki Frontale with Pulisic and Mount set for starts – The Sun

CHRISTIAN PULISIC is set for his Chelsea debut with Frank Lampard's men after they arrived in Japan for their pre-season game against Kawasaki Frontale.

The new Blues boss is expected to shuffle his team heavily tomorrow as he is still trying to settle on his strongest line-up.

Lamps deployed two different sides in each half in both pre-season games against Ireland's Bohemians and St Patrick's.

He has aimed at assessing both the potential of Blues youth and the form of his senior players.

But the Blues gaffer has already sent most of Chelsea kids home, leaving only those who could play a role at Stamford Bridge next season.

Mason Mount is among them after he impressed in the 4-0 victory over St Pats and opened the scoring in Dublin on Saturday.

And the midfielder, who has just penned a new long-term contract with the club, is again expected to start tomorrow alongside much more experienced team-mates.

Kepa Arrizabalaga should start in goal, making his first appearance of the summer.

And Kurt Zouma will partner David Luiz at the back – with the support of full-backs Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azplicueta.

Mount is set to operate with N'Golo Kante behind Ross Barkley, who ran the game well against St Pats.

While Olivier Giroud, who bagged a second-half double against the Irish side, should lead the offensive line alongside Pedro and new boy Pulisic.

The former Borussia Dortmund star cut his holiday short and has already joined his new team-mates in training – just nine days after playing for the USA.

Lamps is likely to make 11 changes at half-time again, switching to the diamond formation he tried against St Pats.

Youngster Fikayo Tomori could get another chance and play alongside Andreas Christensen in a back four with Davide Zappacosta and Emerson manning the flanks.

While Jorginho is expected to sit at the bottom of the diamond and support Mateo Kovacic and Danny Drinkwater in the middle of the park.

Kenedy, who picked up an assist for one of Giroud's goal, could operate behind a front two of Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi.

The Belgian got on the scoresheet in the 1-1 draw with Bohemians, but wasted a number of good chances against St Patrick's while the England forward had a very quiet game on Saturday.

And Lamps will surely be hoping his two strikers can finally show some killer instinct against Kawasaki.


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