Fantasy football is back on the agenda again with the Premier League season inching closer and closer by the day.
So it’s time to stick our Dream Team hats on and dissect some of the pre-season matches to give you lot some hints about which players you should be selecting.
Despite mounting a mini-comeback through goals from Marcos Alonso and Michy Batshuayi, Chelsea were unable to salvage something from their International Champions Cup friendly with Bayern Munich.
But what did we learn from their 3-2 defeat?
Here’s a few pointers…
1 Batshuayi could be a wildcard choice
Michy Batshuayi’s career at Chelsea so far has been a bit odd to say the least.
The Belgian striker was limited to very few first-team minutes last season but he then popped up to score the title-winning goal at West Brom in May.
And that impact looks to have galvanised him in pre-season, scoring his third goal in two games against the German champions.
If new club-record signing Alvaro Morata doesn’t settle quickly, Batshuayi (at just £3m on the Dream Team game) could be a serious option.
2 Mixed fortunes for Alonso
No Premier League defender scored more goals last season than Marcos Alonso (£5.5m) and he showcased why against Bayern with a sumptuous left-footed strike.
But the Spanish defender also got caught out time and time again down the German champions’ right hand side, particularly for Rafinha’s opening goal.
Antonio Conte is known to still be in the market for a wing-back – with Juventus star Alex Sandro in the pipeline – so Alonso may find himself out of the team come the opening day of the season.
3 Defensive issues at the plenty
Yes it was Bayern Munich and yes it was only a pre-season game, but Chelsea’s defence looked all over the place in Singapore.
Gary Cahill (£5m) was hesitant in closing down Thomas Muller for the Germany international’s second goal while Cesar Azpilicueta (£5m) was turned inside out by Franck Ribery for his first.
Conte wants defensive reinforcements between now and the season opener, so it might be worth holding fire on picking Chelsea defenders while their first-team futures remain uncertain.
4 Sanches would be a gem
Now this deserves a little patience.
Renato Sanches has apparently accepted he may need to leave Bayern Munich this summer to develop his career, with Manchester United reportedly interested in signature.
On this evidence he’d be a phenomenal signing after running Chelsea ragged in midfield and leaving N’Golo Kante chasing dust.
Fantasy football managers should monitor his situation this summer because if he does head to the Premier League he’ll be a real asset.
5 Morata’s glimpse of things to come
It may have only been a cameo but the Blues’ new £58 man was neat and tidy.
There’s an added pressure on him to perform this season with Diego Costa alienated from the first-team setup and seemingly on his way back to Spain.
At £5m he’s cheaper than the likes of Romelu Lukaku (£6m) and Harry Kane (£8m) but could prove just as deadly given his prolific record for Real Madrid.
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