Predicting Chelsea's First-Choice Starting XI for the 2012-13 Season

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Predicting Chelsea's First-Choice Starting XI for the 2012-13 Season
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Now that most Chelsea fans have realized that losing to the MLS All-Stars in a silly summer friendly is much better than losing to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League final we can all simmer down a bit and concentrate on the upcoming season.

With the acquisitions of Marko Marin, Eden Hazard and now Oscar, the Blues are incredibly deep in the midfield and can now focus on solidifying a strong starting XI for the Community Shield on Aug. 12 at Villa Park against Manchester City.

What specific formation manager Roberto Di Matteo will employ is still a question but with this current roster it’s quite obvious owner Roman Abramovich’s desire to change from a club of domineering strength to a Spanish-Barcelona tiki-taka type of offense of short passes and ball control has truly begun.

There will no doubt be several more moves in the next three weeks but Abramovich and his barrels of Russian oil money have provided Di Matteo with more than enough toys to make a run at defending champions Manchester City and rival Manchester United in the English Premier League.

Here’s who I think would be ideal in the starting lineup based on their past track records and what they’ve showed so far in the preseason tour in America.

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