Chelsea vs Manchester City team news: Confirmed Blues XI for Carabao Cup final with Eden Hazard in false-nine role

Chelsea face a monumental task if they are to claim the first piece of silverware this season – with Manchester City waiting for them in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley.

Pep Guardiola’s men battered the Blues 6-0 just two weeks ago, leaving manager Maurizio Sarri under immense pressure heading into the final.

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Sarri is under immense pressure at Stamford Bridge

In fact, some reports suggest the Italian will lose his job if his team fail to lift the trophy on Sunday afternoon.

He has faced criticism from Chelsea fans for his reluctance to change the system, and the starting XI sees a controversial selection, with Eden Hazard in a false nine position and Gonzalo Higuain on the bench.

Jorginho returns in the centre of the midfield three after starting on the bench for the 3-0 Europa League victory over Malmo.

The midfielder was booed upon his introduction on Thursday night, but Sarri insists he remains one of the club’s most important players.

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Jorginho was booed upon his introduction on Thursday

Meanwhile, Kante continues to play on the right of the three, which has caused controversy throughout the season.

However, the Blues did beat City 2-1 back in December, with Kante on the score sheet, and Sarri will be desperate to provide an emphatic response to recent criticism.

You can listen to the action unfold live on talkSPORT, kick-off 4.30pm.

Confirmed Chelsea XI to face Man City

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, David Luiz, Rudiger, Emerson, Kante, Jorginho, Barkley, Willian, Hazard, Pedro.

Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud, Higuain.

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