What Chelsea's XI would look like if ‘only 3 foreigners rule’ was still on

Mendy is an automatic choice at the back as the Blues don't have a senior English keeper in the ranks.

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Thankfully, the brilliant academy at Cobham would have come to the rescue.

'3 foreigners only' rule explained

Back in 1995, the European Court of Justice ruled that players should be free to move when their contracts had expired.

This rule came in place after little-known Belgian footballer Jean-Marc Bosman sued his side RFC Liege who refused to let him go despite his contract ending. 

It also ruled that EU clubs could hire any number of European Union players - before which clubs in Europe could only play 3 foreigners and 2 'assimilated’ or foreign academy graduates.

 

In a hypothetical world, if that ruling were to still be in place, how different would the Blues team look, and what would be the starting XI’s? Let’s have some fun. 

What current Chelsea squad would look like

 

Of course, there are many combinations that Thomas Tuchel could hypothetically go for - especially keeping in mind the big-name players like N'Golo Kante, Christian Pulisic, and others are missing out.

However, here's a few reasons why this team is the most viable:

Mendy is an automatic choice at the back as the Blues don't have a senior English keeper in the ranks.

A disclaimer here: Chelsea would have to recall loanees Tomori and Loftus-Cheek to complete this XI - but it would be no problem in a world where local players would be so valued.

Gilmour would be considered a foreign player but one 'assimilated' in the academy and could play in this XI.

That leaves us with 1 spot in attack for a foreign player to come in and although there are a few candidates, Ziyech wins out as he's looked the most polished and compatible when starting for the Blues.

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