The Blues will kick off their season with a team that narrowly avoided relegation last season as they head to Yorkshire on Saturday.
Thibaut Courtois has left Chelsea for Real Madrid in a deal of £ 35 million ($ 45 million) before the new season 2018-19.
Tiemoue Bakayoko is expected to join AC Milan, with Mateo Kovacic entering the midfield from Real Madrid on a one-season loan contract.
Kepa Arrizabalaga has replaced Courtois in a contract of £71 million ($ 91 million) from Athletic Club.
Cesc Fabregas is a doubt, as he suffers a minor knee injury and was last seen with bandages on his leg after the Community Shield.
PSV star Marco van Ginkel is back at Chelsea, but he has broken his anterior cruciate ligament and is unlikely to play any role this season.
Chelsea has no more injury problems, but Eden Hazard, Olivier Giroud, N’Golo Kante, Gary Cahill and Michy Batshuayi have only trained for a week with Sarri. Therefore, Sarri insinuated that this group of players can not begin after playing less than 45 minutes from the bench in Chelsea’s last friendly against Lyon on Tuesday.
Chelsea potential starting line-up
It is likely that Chelsea plays in a 4-3-3 system, as the new head coach implements his own brand of football that some call ‘Sarriball’.
The system involves defending with a high line and pressuring opponents to win the ball at the top of the field.
It also often includes Sarri’s teams moving the ball quickly between the lines, often watching players not take more than one or two touches at times. It is likely that Álvaro Morata will continue leading the line, despite having scored only three goals in the entire 2018, so far.
This varies in all competitions and includes his pre-season friendlies, where he could not connect even once.
Pedro has been in good form in this preseason and seems to have won a title role, while Jorginho seems willing to continue in midfield.
Record signing Kepa will likely be in the goal for the FA Cup winners and make his debut, but Sarri will also likely opt for the same four that faced Man City. Sarri will probably evaluate whether Hazard and Kante can start, since they only went back to training on Monday.