Chelsea boss reveals N’Golo Kante fitness issue and confirms FA Cup final starter vs Leicester City

Chelsea supervisor Thomas Tuchel has revealed the damage difficulty affecting N’Golo Kante forward of Saturday’s FA Cup in opposition to Leicester City.

The sides will go into the Wembley showpiece following contrasting midweek outcomes.

The Foxes won 2-1 at Manchester United on Tuesday to maneuver a step nearer to securing Champions League qualification.

Meanwhile, Chelsea suffered a 1-0 residence defeat to Arsenal on Wednesday as Tuchel made seven adjustments with the Cup remaining in thoughts.

Foxes title-winner Kante – arguably the Blues’ most vital participant – missed the sport and wasn’t even a part of the match day squad in opposition to the Gunners.



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“N’Golo [missed the game] due to ache administration,” defined Tuchel after the sport.

“He has ache in his Achilles and he suffers from that. So there was no likelihood.”

Tuchel conceded he might have made too many adjustments in opposition to the Gunners, suggesting he it despatched out the incorrect message to his gamers.

“Maybe I gave some indicators to the workforce in the present day with the adjustments that Saturday is on my thoughts,” mentioned Tuchel, reported Football.London.

“Even if that is one p.c or 5, per cent this isn’t how we method issues since you get punished.

“You cannot be naive within the race for the highest 4. It’s onerous to swallow, onerous to simply accept, however there is not any different manner.”

One of these seven adjustments noticed goalkeeper Kepa come into the facet on the expense of Edouard Mendy.

The Spanish stopped is about to maintain his place for the ultimate.

“He [Kepa] begins the cup remaining and we thought it was a good suggestion to present him the sport earlier than,” added Tuchel.

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“We belief him and he deserves it, that’s the foundation why we put him within the line-up.

“He is so shut and good in coaching. We wished to present him some minutes and to take each video games collectively. It was an unfortunate night time for him as effectively.”

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