Tuchel warns Chelsea players about two Leicester City players ahead of FA Cup final

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has warned his players about Leicester City’s two big counter-attacking threats ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final.

Unlike Tuchel’s Chelsea side with their 3-4-3 and its variations, Leicester have played many different formations under Brendan Rodgers this season.

The Foxes have mostly used the 4-2-3-1 system this season but frequently gone with 3-5-2 and 3-4-3 structures as well.

However, Tuchel said he had a “clear expectation” about what Leicester City would come up with.

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“I think they will start with [Kelechi] Iheanacho and [Jamie] Vardy up front,” Tuchel told Chelsea TV about the FA Cup final.

“And I think they will play with three in midfield; maybe a double No.6 and a No.10 or a No.6 and two No.8s or No.10s.

“I expect a back five, with [Jonny] Evans coming back, alongside [Caglar] Soyuncu and [Wesley] Fofana.

“Well-structured, well-organised team, very technical team with a fluid style of play.

“So it [will be] very difficult, Vardy and Iheanacho are always on the front foot to attack our last line. We need to be very, very careful for that.

“We need to minimise our mistake in the build-up, because they [Vardy and Iheanacho] can be very crucial in counter-attacks.”

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Chronicle view

It is pretty clear that Vardy and Iheanacho are the biggest threats to Chelsea at Wembley.

To put it into perspective, these two have scored 37% of Leicester’s total goals in the Premier League this season.

Chelsea, on the other hand, will want to control the possession of the ball and “play in the opponents’ half”, as Tuchel confirmed.

However, as Leicester City defender Evans previously said, Chelsea also possess counter-attacking threats themselves.

Tuchel has plenty of quick, explosive attackers at his disposal, such as Timo Werner and Christian Pulisic.

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