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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Full Chelsea squad revealed for Leicester City clash as Thomas Tuchel faces Christensen dilemma

  Chelsea will be keen to bounce back from the club's third successive defeat in the FA Cup final against Leicester City. The Blues w...

 

Chelsea will be keen to bounce back from the club's third successive defeat in the FA Cup final against Leicester City. The Blues welcome the Foxes to Stamford Bridge this evening. Thomas Tuchel has walked away victorious from each of his previous two meetings with Brendan Rodgers, winning 2-1 and 3-0.

Antonio Rudiger's services proved pivotal in each of the aforementioned meetings with Leicester, though for his goalscoring ability rather than for his defensive duties.

 With the Foxes in Tuchel's sights, he has a handful of tough decisions to make. Andreas Christensen, who pulled out of the FA Cup final squad to face Liverpool on the morning of the game , is a doubt for the clash with Leicester, as confirmed by the Blues boss when speaking to football.london .

"The guys that deserve it will play," the Blues boss said in his pre-match press conference on Wednesday when asked about team news ahead of the clash. "We have one more training to go, and the situation changed slightly for us as you said.

"We are now safe after Newcastle beat Arsenal, we are safe in the top four. We come from a big cup final, we have players who are out through injury and others who will be out next season. Everybody deserves to play.

"For example, Toni deserves to play. No need now to not let him play the last matches because he was huge for us and influential so let's see. Let's wait and see how everybody feels about it and who is hungry to perform. This will be the most decisive factor in the line-up."

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, Kenedy

Midfielders: Saul Niguez, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mason Mount, Mateo Kovacic, Ross Barkley, N'Golo Kante

Forwards: Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, Romelu Lukaku

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