Thomas Tuchel & co. will trip to national stadium to take on Leicester City in FA Cup final this evening.
The Blues, who won the coveted competition eight times, head into the game, aiming of lift their ninth FA Cup and win first major trophy under Thomas Tuchel, who has put them in the driver’s seat to secure Champions League football for next season.
Thomas Tuchel’s team seeing of Morecambe, Luton Town and Barnsley to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals before they eased past Premier League whipping boys Sheffield United.
Hakim Ziyech’s 55th-minute strike at Wembley squeezed the Blues past Manchester City in the semi-finals and through to their second consecutive appearance in the big final.
The west London club have reached the FA Cup final nine times since the turn of the 21st century, losing just three of them, including a 2-1 defeat to Arsenal last season.
And ahead of mouthwatering encounter with Leicester City, who knockout Manchester United in semi-final of the competitions, Thomas Tuchel & co. have received huge boost concerning the situation of Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante.
Kante, 30, sustained ankle injury that left him out of Arsenal clash while Mateo Kovacic, who has been produced standout performer in middle of park since arrived of Thomas Tuchel, missed Chelsea’s last nine games with a muscular injury.
However, both are return to full training with rest of Thomas Tuchel’s squad as they prepared for their FA Cup final against Leicester City at Wembley Stadium.
Duo, who are perhaps amongst most important players in Chelsea’s entire squad, regained their fitness at the perfect time as Blues aiming to lift their ninth FA Cup and win first major trophy under Thomas Tuchel, who appointed as Blues head coach towards the end of January.
Moving on to predicted starting lineup, Thomas Tuchel is likely to make a lot of changes to the side that struggled to broken the deadlock against Arsenal. So we can expect maximum changes to the team that suffered home defeat to Arsenal in mid-week.
Speaking ahead of the game, Thomas Tuchel has confirmed Kepa Arrizabalaga’s involvement in the cup final. The Spaniard, therefore, should once again start in goal, ahead of Edouard Mendy, who produced a big impression since arrived at Stamford Bridge.
There might be one change in the back-line, though, with Antonio Rudiger replacing Kurt Zouma on the left hand side of the three-man defensive line that will also have Thiago Silva and Cesar Azpilicueta.
As for the two wing-back positions, Reece James, who impressed in several occasions for Blues this season should continuing at right wing-back while Ben Chilwell on the opposite side.
Both English pair are well-equipped to drop back into the defence and are speedy enough to recover lost ground, as they look to deal with Leicester City’s sharp counter-attacks.
Up ahead in midfield, Mateo Kovacic is hoping for a return to action but is unlikely to be risked as far as the starting lineup is concerned.
N’Golo Kante, meanwhile, was a major absentee in the defeat to Arsenal, although we do expect the Frenchman to return to action against his former side, as he renews his midfield partnership with Jorginho.
Chelsea’s main problem against Arsenal was the wasteful nature of attackers in front of goal. Tuchel, therefore, might be forced to make some key changes, with both Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic likely to make way for Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, who is set to spearhead the Blues attack this weekend while Mason Mount is expected to lead No. 10 role.
Probable Lineup (3-4-2-1): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kante, Chilwell; Ziyech, Mount; Werner
Referee: Michael Oliver
Assistant Referees: Stuart Burt and Simon Bennett
Fourth Official: Stuart Attwell
Reserve Assistant Referee: Dan Cook
VAR: Chris Kavanagh
Assistant VAR: Sian Massey-Ellis
Kick-off at 5:15 PM