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Chelsea power rankings: Kepa Arrizabalaga climbs while Christian Pulisic slips down

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The international break is finally done and the Chelsea players will be ready to get back to work at Cobham ahead of the weekend.

The Blues travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday afternoon, before getting ready for the return of the Champions League to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.

This month is the start of a busy period for the Blues, with the Carabao Cup also starting up once again, with Chelsea to take on Grimsby Town in the third round.

Several Chelsea players were involved over the weekend in internationals, while some were able to get some rest before the work begins again.

But who has been performing and who hasn't? Here are the latest Chelsea Power Rankings from football.london.

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  24. Willy Caballero

Age: 37

Power ranking: 24th - Only going to play when Kepa's injured or rested in the cup.

  23. Billy Gilmour

Age: 18

A great moment for the youngster as he made his Premier League debut, even if it didn't end in a win.

Power ranking: 23rd - The youngster is clearly in Lampard's thoughts for the future.

Video Loading Video Unavailable 22. Michy Batshuayi

Age: 25

Things don't look very good for the Belgian striker at present, despite getting a couple of minutes against Sheffield United.

Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham are Lampard's main options at present and it's hard to see when exactly Batshuayi will feature on a regular basis.

Scored a brace for Belgium, however that probably won't have too much effect on his domestic chances.

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Power ranking: 22nd - Got a lot to do to earn a spot in the starting XI.

 

21. Reece James

Age: 19

Power ranking: 21st - The main challenger to Cesar Azpilicueta's place in the team with Zappacosta having returned to Italy.

 

 

20. Marcos Alonso

Age: 28

Power ranking: 20th - Now second choice left-back with Emerson excelling so far this season. Might get some minutes with Emerson's injury.

19. Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Age: 23

Power ranking: 19th - Will give Lampard a real selection headache on his return.

Read More Chelsea vs Sheffield United 18. Callum Hudson-Odoi

Age: 18

The young winger is back in training with the first team and Lampard is hoping to have the youngster back in competition for a place after the international break.

Power ranking: 18th - A candidate to start once he makes his comeback from injury.

 

17. Willian

Age: 31

Power ranking: 17th - Needs to do more than what he did in his cameos against Leicester, Norwich and Sheffield United if he's to start.

 

16. Fikayo Tomori

Age: 21

Got his chance in the Premier League and looked pretty composed throughout the Sheffield United game.

Power ranking: 16th - Looked composed in his Premier League debut.

(Image: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images) 15. Cesar Azpilicueta

Age: 30

It's not been a good start to the season for the player following his role in goals Chelsea have conceded against Manchester United and Leicester.

Playing his part in two at Old Trafford on the opening weekend, the Spaniard was outjumped by Ndidi for the equaliser in west London against Leicester.

He has struggled at the start of the season, which is not a good sign for the club captain.

 

Power ranking: 15th - Could be out of the team once James is fully fit after a poor start to the campaign.

Read More   14. Ross Barkley

Age: 25

Barkley may have to settle for a bit-part role this season with Mount taking his chance in the team with both hands at present.

The ex-Everton man was outstanding for the team in Chelsea's seven friendlies but it's his teammate who is currently leading the race for the No.10 spot.

Was set to be on the bench for the Blues at Norwich, but a late call-up with the injury to Pedro and then started against Sheffield United.

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He's just going to have to take his chance when it comes, but likely to be dropped when everyone is fit.

Power ranking: 14th - Will still be key over the course of the season.

 

 

13. Andreas Christensen

Age: 23

Dropped to the bench for the Sheffield United game, which is a bit of a worry for him with Rudiger back to fitness after the international break.

Power ranking: 13th - In a fight for his starting spot.

12. Kurt Zouma

Age: 24

Not a great start to the season, but the fact he played over Christensen on Saturday means he might be above the young Dane for a starting position.

Power ranking: 12th - Better from the player in the past weeks after struggling at Manchester United, still needs to improve.

Read More   11. Olivier Giroud

Age: 32

Lampard went with Abraham over Giroud at the weekend and it paid dividends when he scored a brace to secure the win for the Blues.

It means Giroud might have slipped down the ranking with the striker now having to play catch up once more.

Power ranking: 11th - Needs some game time to get back above Abraham.

10. Pedro

Age: 32

An injury means the Spaniard might be slipping down the pecking order at the Blues if he is not careful.

Power ranking: 10th - Will need to keep up his good form with Willian back to fitness and Hudson-Odoi likely to return this month.

9. Antonio Rudiger

Age: 26

The defence is still looking shaky, with no clean sheet to their name, and it means the Blues need Antonio Rudiger back.

Lampard is hoping that he will be back next weekend and it could be a big step to improving at the back.

Power ranking: 9th - Chelsea's main defender and will go back into the team once he's fully fit.

  8. Mateo Kovacic

Age: 25

Massively rising up the rankings after another impressive performance at Carrow Road and then against Sheffield United.

His performances are a step up from last season and showing why the Blues were willing to invest in him. 

Not in the Croatia squad due to injury, and that will be a concern for the Blues and Lampard.

Power ranking: 8th - Behind N'Golo Kante and Jorginho for a starting spot, despite impressing.

 

 

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7. Christian Pulisic

Age: 20

Pulisic has caught the eye in his first few Chelsea games following his move from Borussia Dortmund.

The young American linked up well with Mason Mount and got a neat assist, putting in a lot of effort on the right and impressing again.

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Will only get even better with more experience of playing in the top flight, but needs to show even more as the season goes on.

Power ranking: 7th - Needs to show more going forward for the Blues after the international break.

6. Kepa Arrizabalaga

Age: 24

Maybe should have done better for the Teemu Pukki goal against Norwich, but not in danger of being replaced at all.

Needs a clean sheet though for his confidence.

Power ranking: 6th - Chelsea's No.1 and an important part of the team.

5. Jorginho

Age: 27

Becoming a really important cog to Lampard's machine, showing the importance of his high press in the second goal against Norwich.

Against Sheffield United, you can see how gutted he was in the late goal, and is giving everything for the team right now.

Power ranking: 5th - Going to be a main player under Lampard despite talk he could follow Maurizio Sarri back to Italy.

 

 

4. Emerson Palmieri

Age: 25

An excellent start to time to the season and impressed again on the left, making the position his and moving Marcos Alonso out of the role and into a back-up spot.

Another good performance against Sheffield United, and Emerson has become a firm fixture in the Chelsea side.

Power ranking: 4th - Really strong start to the season and made the left-back spot his own.

Read More   3. Tammy Abraham

Age: 21

Needed a goal and he managed to get two impressive ones against Norwich City in the previous weekend, which is just what was required from the 21-year-old.

Lampard put faith in him and he certainly repaid that with the way that he finished his chances. A promising sign for him. He showed that again with another two goals against the Blades.

Power ranking: 3rd - Has jumped up the list after his four goals in two games and now is set to be the main striker.

Tammy Abraham celebrates his second goal against Sheffield Untied (Photo by Visionhaus)   2. Mason Mount

Age: 20

One of the first names on the teamsheet after a stunning start to the 2019/20 season.

Very good in the defeat at Manchester United and even better in the 1-1 draw with Leicester City as he netted his first competitive goal for the Blues.

He took that to another level with a superb finish against Norwich, and even though he was slightly quiet against the Blades, he is a key man right now.

Power ranking: 2nd - Outstanding so far this season and quite simply undroppable at present.

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  1. N'Golo Kante

Age: 28

It showed once again just how much Chelsea need him after they suffered a late goal to end in a draw with Sheffield United.

He has had a frustrating start to the campaign and the Blues need him back playing regular football once again. A rest over the international break will get him back to that.

Power ranking: 1st - Chelsea's main man.


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