Tuchel says he is prepared to take risks and play Chelsea duo in FA Cup final vs Liverpool
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel confirmed that he is willing to take risks with both Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante in Saturday’s FA Cup final against Liverpool despite injury concerns.
There had been questions over Chelsea’s midfield options ahead of this weekend’s trip to Wembley after Kovacic’s early injury substitution in the win over Leeds United.
Tuchel will still have Jorginho, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and on-loan Saul Niguez but this would obviously be far from ideal.
It remains unclear as things stand, but the Chelsea manager said both Kovacic and Kante may make the squad for the final despite being not 100 percent fit.
“We will try today, which is pretty surprising news that we can even try it — but Mateo wants to try it,” the German said in his pre-match press conference about Kovacic’s injury situation.
“The medical department gave the green light to try it.
“There is no new injury, but heavy pain, and [his ankle] was heavily swollen.”
Similarly, Kante, who missed the last couple of games through injury, may also feature in the FA Cup final.
“We will also try today with him. He’s keen to make it,” he added about the France international’s potential return.
“Hopefully he makes it to training 100 percent, so that we can plan with him tomorrow.
“It will be crucial for us.
“It’s the moment to take risks, yeah.”
Being in a relatively comfortable position in the race for the top four in the Premier League, Tuchel’s decision is hardly a surprise.
This will also be Chelsea’s last chance of winning another trophy this season, having already won the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Club.
Unfortunately, Tuchel also confirmed that Callum Hudson-Odoi will not be available for the game.