Thomas Tuchel will be looking to win his fourth trophy as Chelsea manager when he picks his side to face Liverpool in the FA Cup final on Saturday afternoon. Since arriving at Stamford Bridge he has already claimed the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup but the FA Cup has so far eluded him.
The menacing figure of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool stands in their way, however. The Reds are still in contention to win four trophies this season and pull off a historic quadruple but each meeting between the two teams this season have been hotly contested and this one will be no different.
Chelsea were hit by an unwanted distraction ahead of kick-off, however, when Romelu Lukaku’s agent spoke to the press about his client’s future. It is something that will not have gone down well with the coaching staff but Tuchel was calm about the situation, also addressing whether Kai Havertz could join the Belgian in attack.
“I was only made aware of it five or 10 minutes ago, actually,” he told his pre-match press conference on Friday. “It’s what sometimes happens in football. The attention is so high that sometimes it attracts situations that you don’t want to have before big matches. It’s the way it is. For me, it is not a distraction and hopefully, for everybody that works on the team and the team itself, it is not.”
Tuchel was asked whether Lukaku and Havertz could both start against Liverpool: “Yes, we can also play both, although they lacked a bit of the feeling of being a perfect fit together. It’s very likely that it is one of the two, but we will not give the line-up today. Listen, Romelu has played lately and scored lately. He did everything to stay on the pitch. Will be our final call in the morning.”
With all this in mind, football.london takes a look at the full squad available to Tuchel for today’s game.
Goalkeepers: Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Marcus Bettinelli
Defenders: Trevoh Chalobah, Malang Sarr, Thiago Silva, Marcos Alonso, Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen
Midfielders: Saul Niguez, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mason Mount, Mateo Kovacic, Ross Barkley, N’Golo Kante
Forwards: Kenedy, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner
Watch Full Thomas press conference