Could this be Chelsea’s starting XI next season?

The Back Line

Juventus' Alex Sandro in action with Barcelona's Sergi Roberto
Brazilian Alex Sandro (right) in action against Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-final first leg.

Thibaut Courtois has perpetually been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge each summer. The Belgian however never looks likely to move, with the former proving to be nothing more than hot air. Another good season in the Chelsea net means the Blues will do all they can to hold onto him.

Three, or five, at the back depending on how you see Antonio Conte’s new look Chelsea is a winning formula that is likely to remain in place next year. After all, why fix something that is not broken? The Chelsea defensive line has been a key attribute to their success this season, yet they have leaked too many goals since the turn of the year and Conte will be the first to know improvement is needed. Napoli’s┬áKalidou┬áKoulibaly has been heavily rumoured to be on his way to London this summer, as has another of his Serie A’ compatriots: Juventus’ flying full-back Alex Sandro. Having managed the latter at Juventus, Conte will know of his strengths and also know the Brazilian is fully accustomed to operating in a back three.

Gary Cahill, despite his efforts in front of goal this season with eight to his name thus far, is probable to be the man to make way. The ageing Englishman has shown at times his defensive frailties, something there is no such place for an a side born and bred in Italy.

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