Thomas Tuchel will be out for revenge as Chelsea square off against Liverpool in the final of the FA Cup.
The Blues suffered penalty-shootout agony against Jurgen Klopp’s men in the Carabao Cup final earlier this year, with Kepa Arrizabalaga ballooning the 22nd penalty over the crossbar to condemn his side to defeat.
Chelsea have tasted defeat in back-to-back FA Cup finals, losing out to a Youri Tielemans wonderstrike against Leicester twelve months ago, and Tuchel will be keen to add to his Champions League winners medal at the club.
Here’s how Chelsea could shape up at Wembley.
Mount celebrates after his strike against Crystal Palace in the semi-finals / Visionhaus/GettyImages
Edouard Mendy (GK) – Produced some heroic stops in eventual defeat to Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final and he’ll need to be at his very best once again this weekend.
Cesar Azpilicueta (CB) – The Spaniard’s dip in form has coincided with the team’s, although he will be eager to add another FA Cup to a glistening trophy haul in west London.
Thiago Silva (CB) – Endured heartbreak in the FA Cup final against Leicester twelve months ago and is looking to avoid a repeat.
Antonio Rudiger (CB) – Will be keen to sign off on a high at Chelsea with FA Cup glory after penning a pre-contract with Real Madrid.
Reece James (RWB) – Only Mason Mount has more assists this term than the full-back, underlining his importance in attack.
Jorginho (CM) – Hasn’t had ideal preparation after injury kept him out of the draw with Wolves, but his poise in possession will be key for Chelsea.
N’Golo Kante (CM) – Could be thrown straight back into the side following injury with Mateo Kovacic set to miss out.
Marcos Alonso (LWB) – Tuchel admitted that the bust-up he had with the Spaniard during the draw with Wolves is water under the bridge ahead of this weekend.
Mason Mount (RW) – Chelsea’s talisman this term with ten goals to his name in the Premier League alone.
Kai Havertz (ST) – Enjoyed a purple patch in terms of goalscoring earlier this year, but he has failed to net since the 6-0 win over Southampton over a month ago.
Timo Werner (LW) – Has endured his struggles in front of goal for the Blues, but no Chelsea player has a higher xG per 90 minutes than the German this season (0.58).
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