Full Chelsea squad revealed for Man City showdown as Tuchel faces late decision

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Full Chelsea squad revealed for Man City showdown as Tuchel faces late decision

Thomas Tuchel will have a few things to mull over ahead of facing Man City on Saturday afternoon.

In a twist of fate, Chelsea face their Champions League final opponents one match after booking their place in the Istanbul showpiece with a fine win over Real Madrid.

Coming just three weeks before the two teams are set to face each other in Istanbul, Saturday’s game now has an added layer to it.

Yet there are other factors at play in the game, with Tuchel also having to prepare for next week’s FA Cup final having knocked City out in the semi-finals, ending their hopes of completing a quadruple.

For City, a win means they will be crowned Premier League champions and, speaking to the press pre-match, Tuchel said all these ingredients add up to make an intriguing encounter.

He said: “The possibility they can become champions if they win against us will not lower their ambitions and determination.

“They have one more day to recover, they don’t have to travel, and that gives them a bit the upper hand.

“We saw how crucial that can be these days when they arrived in Wembley for the FA Cup semi-final, because we had one more day, two games in London and they had to travel from Dortmund I think and then again to London for this game.

“I had the feeling on the sideline that gave us the upper hand. So now we have to deal with it.

“I think the final in Istanbul will be pretty unique no matter the score tomorrow, no matter if we win, they win, or if we draw.”

He continued: “I think both teams will reflect enough that this one game in football and this special game in Istanbul can turn any result around that is the outcome tomorrow.

“So I try to prepare it in a normal way, the challenge right now is to get the tiredness out of our legs and brains and to refocus.

“The challenge is to be in good shape tomorrow, and then we’ll see.”

Chelsea are one of the few teams to have got the better of Man City this season thanks to their victory in the FA Cup semi-final last month.

Yet, with City having had an extra day’s rest after overcoming PSG in the other Champions League semi-final on Tuesday, Tuchel is unsure whether he will deploy the same tactics for Saturday’s game or try out something new ahead of Istanbul.

“We have one day less to recover and we have an away game,” he explained.

“One day less is quite the key factor in these times of the season so I can imagine that we maybe need fresh legs and minds tomorrow.

“Some hungry guys who deserve to show together that they have a chance in a big fixture.

“If there will be new stuff tactically. I don’t know. I haven’t decided yet.

“I have to look at everybody and see who is available and who is a bit overloaded. There is a high possibility that we will see some changes.”

In terms of who he can choose from, Tuchel has the luxury of an almost fully-fit squad, with just Mateo Kovacic out of action.

He said: “The injury list doesn’t change too much. We still have one training session to go. Kova [Kovacic] is out unfortunately still but we hope to bring him back for Arsenal and then hopefully for Wembley.

“It will be tight even for Arsenal but for tomorrow he is out. Everyone else is available.”

Full Chelsea squad available to face Man City:

Goalkeepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Willy Caballero & Edouard Mendy.

Defenders: Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, Ben Chilwell, Marcos Alonso & Emerson.

Midfielders: Callum Hudson-Odoi, Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, N’Golo Kante, Billy Gilmour, Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Faustino Anjorin & Jorginho.

Strikers: Tammy Abraham, Timo Werner & Olivier Giroud.

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