A monumental day awaits for Chelsea and Manchester City, with one team set to be crowned the champions of Europe.
With a game of such magnitude, the smallest of decisions from managers will face close scrutiny. Will there be a surprise choice in the biggest game in European football? We’ve seen it before from Chelsea when Roberto Di Matteo decided to hand a Champions League debut to Ryan Bertrand against Bayern Munich in 2012.
There are, of course, a few selection issues for Thomas Tuchel ahead of the Champions League final – the second year in a row he has managed in one following last season’s defeat for Paris Saint-Germain against Bayern Munich.
He will be hoping to go one step better in his first season as Chelsea boss, but will be sweating over the fitness of N’Golo Kante and Edouard Mendy for the big clash.
The World Cup-winning midfielder picked up a hamstring problem during the 2-1 win over Leicester earlier this month, while Mendy was forced off at half-time of the loss against Aston Villa on the final day of the Premier League season.
Both look like they will be available to start after returning to training this week, but it’s a far from ideal way for Tuchel’s side to prepare for the biggest match in the club’s recent history.
Elsewhere in the team, the issue of recent form plays a bigger role. Has Timo Werner done enough this season to justify starting against Pep Guardiola’s side? Would Olivier Giroud or Tammy Abraham prove a greater threat to the Man City back line?
You can tell us right here.
Chelsea will be lining up for the big game at 8pm on Saturday night, with viewers hoping to catch the game on BT Sport 1.
The match can also be streamed via the BT Sport app, and it is also being shown for free on YouTube.
Source by Football London