Chelsea FC vs Aston Villa LIVE! Carabao Cup

Werner’s chance to shine

Timo Werner starts for the first time since the season opener as Thomas Tuchal sounds the changes for Chelsea’s Carabao Cup draw against Aston Villa.

The German has been out of the starting XI since his victory over Crystal Palace last month.

But Tuchel believes he is set to return to form after such a difficult start to his career at Chelsea.

Ahead of Wednesday’s game, Tuchel said: “We know he can be a lot more dangerous and a lot more of an offensive threat than he was. In the last few training sessions he has been more relaxed, more fluid in his movements and has shown more confidence.

“And that’s why we put him early against Tottenham, because we’ve seen that development and there are clear signs he’s on the right track. And I hope he can show it and prove it.

“Sometimes it takes a little while. Sometimes you don’t have that particular reason why things seem a little easier, but Timo is right now. He can also push himself and maintain that momentum.

“Everyone is happy if he can show his skills in front of goal. That’s why he’s there to be dangerous, to score goals and also to help. And to create and open spaces with aggressive tracks. It was a big step forward in the last game against Tottenham.

Chelsea team (3-4-2-1): Kepa; Jacques, Chalobah, Sarr; Hudson-Odoi, Kanté (c), Saul, Chilwell; Ziyech, Werner, Loftus-Cheek

Alternates: Bettinelli, Mbuyamba, Thiago Silva, Barkley, Havertz, Mount, Lukaku

Aston Villa: Steer, Cash, Tuanzebe, Hause, Young (c), Sanson, Nakamba, Traoré, Buendia, El Ghazi, Archer

Alternates: Sinisalo, Konsa, Bogarde, Carney, A. Ramsey, Philogene-Bidacey, Caleb

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