Chelsea predicted FA Cup final XI: Tuchel brings back £29m ace but 21-year-old drops out

Chelsea could the end campaign as FA Cup champions if they can overcome Leicester City tomorrow afternoon.

It would be a terrific achievement for Thomas Tuchel, who’s turned the Blues fortunes around in just four months.

All eyes will be fixated on Wembley and the Chelsea team that’s set to walk out under the fabled arches.

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Not many who featured during the recent 1-0 Premier League defeat to Arsenal can be assured of a starting place on Saturday.

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Defence

One player that’s already guaranteed a spot is Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Tuchel confirmed in his press conference after the Gunners debacle that Kepa would remain in between the sticks to face Leicester.

Antonio Rudiger is set to make an important return in place of Kurt Zouma, who failed to impress against Arsenal.

Rudiger is arguably one of Tuchel’s most important assets.

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In 19 league games the £29m (BBC Sport) man hasn’t started this season, Chelsea have conceded 26 goals.

They have let in just seven with the defender in their XI.

Thiago Silva and Cesar Azpilicueta remain in defence, with Andreas Christensen still a doubt.

Midfield

Reece James remains at right-wing back, whilst Marcos Alonso comes in on the opposite flank for Ben Chilwell.

The Spaniard has previous with this competition, having been victorious in 2017/18 and twice a runner up.    

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N’Golo Kante also comes back in after earning a rest mid-week to partner up with Jorginho in midfield.

Mateo Kovacic’s fitness remains a concern, but he might be well enough for a place on the bench.

Attack

Tuchel is likely to make two changes in attack.

Mason Mount makes it into the line-up, however 21-year-old Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic drop out.

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In come Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, the pair who linked up so well during the semi-final win over Manchester City.

Chelsea Predicted XI vs Leicester: Kepa; Rudiger, Silva, Azpilicueta; James, Kante, Jorginho, Alonso; Mount, Werner, Ziyech  

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.