Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic has been ruled out of this evening’s Champions League Final dress rehearsal against Manchester City.
Kovacic’s thigh injury meant he was unable to face former club Real Madrid and will again sit out this weekend.
“We still have one more training to go, but Kova is out unfortunately still,” Thomas Tuchel told reporters on Friday.
This match is being seen largely as a “dress rehearsal” for the main even in a few weeks, namely the Champions League final, but that doesn’t mean it’s without any significance. In fact, it is potentially of great significance, to both teams.
For City, it’s a chance to officially wrap up the title that’s been theirs practically since the start of the calendar year. For Chelsea, the three points would not only see us at least maintain a bit of cushion to fifth-place West Ham and below, but would actually propel us to third thanks to Newcastle United beating Leicester City on Friday. (We’re going to have send Joe Willock a fruit basket in appreciation for all his hard work over the past month.)
Chelsea melakukan 11 clean sheet dari 15 pertandingan Premier League bersama Thomas Tuchel. The Blues mengincar tiga kemenangan beruntun tanpa kebobolan untuk kali pertama sejak November 2017.
Setelah gagal menang dalam lima pertemuan melawan Pep Guardiola di semua kompetisi, Thomas Tuchel meraih kemenangan pertama atas Guardiola pada semifinal Piala FA, April 2021.
Kevin De Bruyne selalu mencetak tiga gol melawan Chelsea di Premier League. Total, De Bruyne mencetak empat gol melawan Chelsea di Premier League dan menjadi lawan dengan torehan gol terbanyak ke gawang The Blues.
“We hope to bring him back maybe for Arsenal [on Wednesday] and then hopefully for Wembley. It will be tight, even for Arsenal, but for tomorrow he is sure out. Everybody else I think is available.”
Tuchel has plenty of options, though, so Jorginho, Mason Mount and the imperious N’Golo Kante should continue in the middle.
The match takes place exactly three weeks before the Champions League final in Istanbul on 29 May, but also less than a month after Chelsea defeated City at Wembley to advance to the FA Cup final and end their quadruple bid.
Thomas Tuchel’s side defeated Real Madrid in their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday and will also be looking to boost their Premier League top four hopes with a win.
Manchester City’s star-studded attack will need to be on top form when Chelsea visit the Etihad Stadium in Saturday’s Premier League clash.
The Citizens recently fell to a 1-0 FA Cup semi-final defeat against Thomas Tuchel’s outfit, who have kept 18 clean sheets in 24 fixtures since his arrival.
Pep Guardiola’s preference for a false-nine formation has kept Sergio Aguero on the periphery for most of this campaign, although he did find the net in last weekend’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.