Thomas Tuchel & co. trip to Portugal to take on newly-crowned Premier League champions Manchester City in the final of the Uefa Champions League for this campaign with will held in the Dragao stadium in Porto this evening.
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The Blues, who ended their Premier League campaign with a defeat on Sunday afternoon, losing 2-1 to Aston Villa at Villa Park, head into the game aiming of secure a secure Champions League crown after won the titles for the first time back in 2012.
Chelsea are made perfect start to the competitions, as they coasted through the group stages unbeaten before seeing of Madrid’s local rivals Atletico Madrid in the Round of 16.
Superb individual goals from English pair Mount and Chilwell in quarters-finals first-leg tie against FC Porto put Chelsea in spot to the last-four, before comfortable victory over 13-time UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid, beating Los Blancos 3-1 on aggregate.
In the build-up to the final, which will see two English sides go head-to-head for the biggest prize in European club football for the second time in three seasons, Blues boss Thomas Tuchel was sweating over the availability of both goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and midfielder N’Golo Kante.
Mendy, who establish himself as one of the best goalkeeper in Premier League, was forced off at half-time against Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon while Kante, who helped the Blues to seeing of Real Madrid in semi-finals stage of the competitions, missed the clash with Dean Smith’s side because of an ongoing hamstring complaint.
However, the pair were both confirmed in the travelling squad and trained with the rest of the team ahead of the game. Even there’s no senior figures missing out through injury or suspension and that’s major boost for Thomas Tuchel in picking his first startling line-up against City.
Moving on to predicted starting lineup, Thomas Tuchel is likely to make some changes to the side that suffered away defeat to Aston Villa last time out. With Mendy back fit, the Senegalese international becomes the automatic pick between the sticks for Chelsea on Saturday night.
The summer signing from Rennes will be shielded by a three-man defensive unit comprising of Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger and captain Cesar Azpilicueta, who will return to the backline after having featured as a wing-back in the past few games.
Cesar Azipilicueta moving into the centre-back role means Reece James should slot in as the right wing-back for Chelsea from where he will look to provide a constant attacking outlet. The same goes for Ben Chilwell, who is a guaranteed starter on the left side ahead of Marcos Alonso and the out-of-favour Emerson Palmieri.
Kante’s return is a huge boost for Chelsea ahead of this mouthwatering clash and the tireless midfielder ought to be a certainty to feature in the centre of the park against Manchester City.
He is likely to be partnered by the ever-present figure of Jorginho, meaning Mateo Kovacic will have to settle for a place on the bench on Saturday evening.
Final in attack, Mason Mount, who was named club best Player of the season, is guaranteed to start as one of the two attacking midfielder for Chelsea while Hakim Ziyech, who scored important goals in Blues’ recent victories over Man City, could get the nod as the second attacking midfielder.
Timo Werner has been favoured in the No. 9 role of late by Tuchel while likes of Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic, Olivier Giroud will be options from the bench.
Chelsea Predicted XI: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger; James, Kante, Jorginho, Chilwell; Ziyech, Mount; Werner