Thomas Tuchel & co. trip to the city of Carmen and the home of Flamenco to take on FC Porto in the first-leg of their Uefa Champions League quarter-final at Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium.
The Blues head into the game aiming of bounce back to winning ways after test first defeat under Thomas Tuchel, as West Bromwich Albion beaten them 5-2 at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League last weekend.
Despite, Christian Pulisic fired the host in front, The Baggies took advantage of Silva sent off to expressed themselves, as they played some simply brilliant football against the side fourth in the table.
The Baggies scored the next four goals before 2nd-half substitute, Mason Mount, could score a consolation. And Sam Allardyce’s side further twisted the dagger with a late goal to seal the 5-2 score-line.
And ahead of crucial clash against FC Porto, who knockout Italian champions Juventus out of competitions before reach quarter-final stage, Thomas Tuchel & co. have received a major boost concerning the situation regarding Christian Pulisic, N’Golo Kante and Tammy Abraham injuries problem.
There had been fitness doubts – especially on Kante and Pulisic – over the trio going into quarter-final first-leg, but they appeared at Cobham training base on Tuesday morning before trip to the city of Carmen and the home of Flamenco.
In-fact, Thomas Tuchel has confirmed all three would make up part of the squad, as Blues look to take a big step towards the semi-finals of the Uefa Champions League by delivering a positive result when lock horns with Portuguese giants tonight.
‘They are fit enough to be in the squad and will be in the squad,’ Tuchel said on Kante Pulisic and Abraham.
‘Christian went out just before an injury could happen, he said it at half-time that if he continued there would be an injury coming so we took him off.
‘Tammy is in the squad and N’Golo did a test and will be on the bench. He is comfortable to be on the bench.’
Moving on to predicted starting lineup, there’s a lot of chance when Chelsea take on FC Porto tonight. Players like Silva, who had a torrid outing last time out against West Brom, unlikely to make starting XI while Kurt Zouma is also set to drop out.
According to Thomas Tuchel, Antonio Rudiger is expected to lead Blues back-line despite his recent training ground bust-up with Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azipilicueta will partners German star at the hearts of Chelsea defence while Edouard Mendy will shielding in the Chelsea goal.
Ben Chilwell was overlooked for Marcos Alonso in the last game but they could switch places against FC Porto with the Englishman getting the nod at left wing-back while Reece James should continue on the right.
Up to midfield park, Judging on Tuchel comment, N’Golo Kante is likely to bench, pay way for Jorginho to pivot Mateo Kovacic, who was one of the few positives for Chelsea against West Bromwich.
Kovacic driving runs from the centre will set the tone for the Blues’ attacking moves and is a certainly to feature in midfield alongside Italian star Jorginho.
Mason Mount, who did not start the last game, and Hakim Ziyech, who was subbed off in the first half, ought to be the two attacking midfielders for Chelsea. The duo will be key in creating the chances for the striker, where Kai Havertz could be preferred over Timo Werner and Olivier Giroud.
Probable Lineup (3-4-2-1): Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; James, Kovacic, Jorginho, Chilwell; Ziyech, Mount; Havertz