Tuchel says two Chelsea forwards unlikely to play together vs Liverpool

Tuchel says two Chelsea forwards unlikely to play together in FA Cup final vs Liverpool

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel explained why it is unlikely that both Kai Havertz and Romelu Lukaku will start in Saturday’s FA Cup final against Liverpool.

It will be a difficult decision to make for the Blues manager.

Lukaku is clearly in a better form out of the two options.

The Belgium international scored three goals in the last two games, and Liverpool’s high defensive line may be the perfect opportunity for him to make use of his physical prowess even more.

However, Havertz is a player who has proved to deliver in several big games, including finals, for Chelsea, despite his poor goalscoring form recently.

The easy solution would be to start them both together. But while this is a possibility, Tuchel did not seem convinced by their partnership.

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“They can play [together], although they lack a bit of feeling of being a perfect fit together,” the German said in his press conference on Friday.

“It’s very likely it’s one of the two, but we will not give the line-up today.

“Romelu played and scored lately, and has done everything to be on the pitch.

“It will be our final call tomorrow morning.”

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Unlike Timo Werner who likes to drift wide, Havertz and Lukaku tend to play centrally, and this might have been the issue.

Playing them both means that opposition full-backs, or in this case, two Liverpool wide playmakers; Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson, would have more freedom to attack.

This obviously would be problematic for Chelsea.

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