Thomas Tuchel says player will be on Chelsea bench against Porto, names two others in squad

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that key midfielder N’Golo Kante will be on the bench tomorrow against Porto, as well as revealing that Christian Pulisic and Tammy Abraham are in the squad.

The Blues have a huge European tie on Wednesday night against Portuguese giants Porto in the Champions League quarter-finals.

The two-legged tie is being played at a neutral venue, but Chelsea are the away side tomorrow that will be looking for the advantage of away goals.

Tuchel has shared that 30-year-old midfielder Kante is going to be fit enough for the bench against Porto, something that will be a lift for supporters. 

Additionally, attacker Pulisic is available after coming off at half time during the weekend loss to West Brom, plus centre-forward Abraham will be back in contention.

“They (Pulisic, Abraham and Kante) are fit enough to be in the squad, and they will be in the squad all three,” Tuchel said, as quoted by the club’s Youtube account

“Kante just did a last test, and he’ll be on the bench. He feels very comfortable, comfortable enough to be on the bench.”

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Chelsea were arguably given the most favourable draw in the quarter-finals, as there are some European powerhouses in the other ties. 

But Porto shouldn’t be underestimated. 

They’ve already knocked Juventus out of the competition in the last-16, and similarly may view Chelsea as an ideal draw for them.

It will be a big moment to see how the team respond to their first defeat since Tuchel took charge as manager at Stamford Bridge, especially as it was an embarrassing 5-2 defeat at the weekend to West Brom in the Premier League.

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