Chelsea starting XI: Diego Costa or Didier Drogba? Our writers select the best team Jose Mourinho can put out

Injuries ignored - what's the best team the Blues can start with following their summer spending spree?

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The latest round of Premier League fixtures are the first since the close of the transfer window, meaning that while squads have swelled, managers must now narrow their focus to pick their best starting XIs.

Many new players are in line to make their debut this weekend - but who should come straight in and which players have done enough in the opening few games to warrant a run in the first team?

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has more options than ever at his disposal following another summer of investment at Stamford Bridge. Spanish duo Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas have arrived, whilst Felipe Luis is eager for a place at the back and Didier Drogba is keen for a final flourish.

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This weekend, Chelsea take on Swansea at Stamford Bridge in which Mourinho's vision for the team will perhaps become a little clearer.

In the meantime, we've asked The Independent's writers and editors to pick their Chelsea starting XI. Any current injury problems were ignored, meaning the teams below are the best possible starting XIs available to Mourinho according to our experts.

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Glenn Moore - Football Editor

(4-1-4-1)

Courtois;

Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry, Filipe Luis;

Matic;

Willian, Fabregas, Oscar, Hazard;

Costa

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Cesc Fabregas

 

Ian Herbert - Football correspondent

(4-2-3-1)

Courtois;

Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry, Luis;

Matic, Fabregas;

Schurrle, Oscar, Hazard;

Costa

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Thibault Courtois

 

Jack Pitt-Brooke - Football writer

(4-2-3-1)

Courtois;

Azpilicueta, Terry, Cahill, Filipe Luis;

Matic, Fabregas;

Schurrle, Oscar, Hazard;

Costa

 

Tom Sheen - Digital journalist

(4-2-3-1)

Courtois;

Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Luis;

Fabregas, Matic;

Willian, Hazard, Schurrle;

Costa

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Eden Hazard

 

Matt Gatward - Sports Editor

(4-2-3-1)

Courtois;

Azpilicueta, Terry, Cahill, Luis;

Matic, Fabregas;

Hazard, Ramires, Schurrle;

Costa

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