Chelsea will go up against Leicester in the FA Cup final this evening looking to win their first trophy of the Thomas Tuchel era. The Blues go into the game as favourites, having flourished ever since the German replaced Frank Lampard in January. Express Sport will now take a look at six players he has to start with silverware on the line.
Back in the summer transfer window, Chelsea spent big on reinforcements in attack.
Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz all arrived as Galacticos, with the trio previously shining at RB Leipzig, Ajax and Bayer Leverkusen respectively.
But a signing that went under the radar was Edouard Mendy, who touched down from Rennes.
Mendy has been a huge Stamford Bridge hit this season, enjoying a standout campaign in the Premier League.
And, though he was rested for the midweek defeat to Arsenal, he’s expected to start against Leicester at Wembley today.
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For some reason, Lampard didn’t take to Antonio Rudiger.
He froze the Germany international out during the first half of the season, much to the surprise of everybody associated with the club.
But Rudiger, like Azpilicueta, has been reborn since Tuchel came in.
He was afforded the night off against Arsenal in midweek, with the Blues looking weaker at the back as a result.
And Chelsea fans can expect him to start today’s match.
N’Golo Kante is one of the best holding midfielders in the world.
And it’s a shame that Lampard and Maurizio Sarri failed to grasp that during their reigns, trying to morph him into something he’s not.
Tuchel, upon taking over, quickly realised the errors his predecessors made.
And he’s helped Kante regain his best form, with the 2018 World Cup winner now simply vital in the middle of the park.
Chelsea will need to win the midfield battle against Leicester – and the France international will be key.
When Tuchel took over, many expected Mason Mount to struggle.
He was a vital player under Lampard but, after being dropped for the opening game of the new era, many foresaw him struggling.
But Mount has silenced his critics and is now a shoe-in to make Gareth Southgate’s squad for the upcoming European Championships.
Chelsea will need him at his best to break down Leicester’s plucky defence.
And, barring a sudden development, he’s likely to start the match at Wembley today.