Chelsea FC: Predicting Andre Villas-Boas' Starting 11 for the 2011-12 EPL Season

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Chelsea FC: Predicting Andre Villas-Boas' Starting 11 for the 2011-12 EPL Season
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Under the leadership of the young and charismatic Andre Villas-Boas, Chelsea Football Club are busy preparing for the new season ahead, as they look to wrestle back the Premier League title from Manchester United, and launch a fresh assault on the UEFA Champions League, a trophy that has eluded them year after year.

It's safe to say that the Blues have not been the most active team in the European transfer market. FC Barcelona have bought a gem Alexis Sanchez, and might just get Cesc Fabregas, whereas Real Madrid have added young talents to their ranks such as Nuri Sahin and Fabio Coentrao.

English big guns Man United, Man City and Liverpool have all made crucial signings, the more prominent of which are Ashley Young, Sergio Aguero and Charlie Adam respectively. Chelsea's only two signings are youngsters Thibault Courtois and Oriol Romeu.

However, what you have at your disposal doesn't matter as much as what you make of it.

There is still enough time to add a few fresh faces. Villas-Boas has clearly said that the what the team needs is evolution, not revolution, and so he will not be making any radical changes. That, of course, is the right way to proceed.

Moving on to what the starting XI will look like, I can't see the manager lining up his side in anything but a 4-3-3 formation. While it is this formation that has brought the club much success recently, it is also one that Villas-Boas deployed with FC Porto on route to the treble last year.

Here's what I think will be the first choice starting XI for the West Londoners in 2011-12.

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