When Chelsea takes on Liverpool in the FA Cup final on Saturday afternoon, Thomas Tuchel will be trying to win his fourth title as Chelsea manager. He has won the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup since joining Stamford Bridge, but the FA Cup has escaped him thus far.
Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool’s imposing figure, stands in their way. The Reds are still in position to win four trophies and complete an unprecedented quadruple this season, but each of their encounters this season has been a tight affair, and this one will be no different.
Chelsea were offered an unexpected diversion soon before the game when Romelu Lukaku’s representative talked to the press regarding his client’s future. Tuchel stayed composed during the incident, even contemplating if Kai Havertz may join the Belgian in attack, which irritated the coaching staff.
“I only found out about it five or ten minutes ago,” he said at his pre-match press conference on Friday. “It occurs occasionally in football.” Because of the great level of interest, circumstances that you don’t want to happen before large matches might arise. It’s the way things are. It is not a distraction for me, and hopefully it is not for everyone on the squad and the team itself.”
“Yes, we can play both,” Tuchel said when asked if Lukaku and Havertz might start against Liverpool. “They missed a little of the sensation of being a great match together.” It’s extremely probable that one of the two is correct, but we won’t reveal the lineup today. Listen, Romelu has recently played and scored. He tried everything he could to stay on the field. In the morning, we’ll make our final call.”
Tuchel’s entire team for today’s game is shown below:
Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga, and Marcus Bettinelli are the goalkeepers.
Trevoh Chalobah, Malang Sarr, Thiago Silva, Marcos Alonso, Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen
Saul Niguez, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mason Mount, Mateo Kovacic, Ross Barkley, and N’Golo Kante are among the midfielders.
Kenedy, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner are among the forwards.