Chelsea vs Aston Villa: Luiz and Mata Will Have To Fight For Their Places

Mourinho has a quality squad at his disposal for Chelsea's game against Aston Villa tonight - neither Mata or Luiz started at the weekend, so they'll have to earn their places, same as the rest.
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Mourinho has a quality squad at his disposal for Chelsea's game against Aston Villa tonight - neither Mata or Luiz started at the weekend, so they'll have to earn their places, same as the rest.

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There will be little time to catch our breath from an emotional day at Stamford Bridge as qualifying for the UEFA Super Cup means we are quickly back into the routine of playing two games a week.

Jose Mourinho is unlikely to be concerned by fatigue as there are a host of star names in the squad that did not start against Hull. With so many games and such a strong squad I think Jose Mourinho naming an unchanged side from one game to another will be a rare occurrence.

Chelsea roared out of the blocks against Hull on Saturday in what turned out to be a game of two halves. The frenetic pace and beauty of the first half was replaced with tempered efficiency once the game was won.

With Andre Schurrle, Romelu Lukaku, David Luiz and Juan Mata not in the starting XI against Hull, they will be yearning for a start in the next few games and offer Mourinho a plethora of options to refresh his starting XI.

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Hopefully Mourinho has in his mind what he considers to be his best XI, however with so many options the rest of us are currently left guessing.

Injuries aside we will find out when Chelsea travel to Old Trafford on the 26th but only Petr Cech and Ashley Cole can be 100% sure of their role in the team.

With such an imperious start the two key men from last season Juan Mata and David Luiz will need to fight for their spot in the time.

There has been a lot of speculation about how Mata will fit in to Jose’s plans and it will be interesting to see if he is selected ahead of Andre Schurrle and Kevin De Bruyne for the Manchester United game.

Then there is David Luiz. After rejecting interest from the cream of Europe Mourinho has suggested that he has a key part to play, the question is where?

One of the few positive impacts of “the interim one” was that he tried playing Luiz in midfield something that worked quite well. Will Mourinho see Luiz as competing with Terry, Cahill and Ivanovic for a central defensive position or with Lampard and Ramires for a holding role?

I look forward to seeing out how these two players back in the team and what Mourinho selects as his best XI in the coming weeks.

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