N'Golo Kante and Edouard Mendy fit for Champions League final
Thomas Tuchel confirms Chelsea will face the Citizens with a fully fit squad on Saturday.
will play againstManchester City
in the Champions League final on Saturday. The Blues were concerned about the injuries ofEdouard Mendy
ahead of the final. However,
confirmed on Friday that both players have recovered from their injuries.
"It's the best news ever, we have no injuries and let's hope it stays like this until after the training,"
he told a press conference.
Mendy hurt his ribs after colliding with a post in his side’s match againstAston Villa
last week. However, the player is ready to face
’s team in a game that might be decided in the penalties.
Asked whether his side have practiced penalties ahead of the final, Tuchel responded:
"We always practise penalties when we face a match where it's possible it could go to penalties.
"Can we simulate the pressure, the fatigue, the occasion, how it will feel on Saturday? No, we cannot. But still we believe we can take care about some patterns, and about a certain rhythm and certain habits during penalties. Which we did.
"And honestly, the penalty shootout was fantastic in terms of quality from the takers, I've never seen anything like this - 20 penalties in a row and no misses.
"And so, so strong, and so well taken.
"We have identified the guys who should take the penalties for us, but I don't know who in the end will be on the pitch.
"We need to be well aware but we are prepared and if we go to penalties we go in there together.
"If we (lose on) penalties we'll do that together no matter what happens."
While Chelsea are boosted by the return of Kante, Manchester City might play without the service of one of their crucial midfielders.Ilkay Gundogan
has picked up a knock in the Citizens’ training session on Friday and the extent of his injury is yet to be clarified.
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