Thomas Tuchel gives huge N’Golo Kante and Edouard Mendy update ahead of Champions League final

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N’Golo Kante and Edouard Mendy are both fit to start the Champions League final against Manchester City tomorrow evening, Thomas Tuchel has confirmed.

Kante missed last weekend’s defeat to Aston Villa with a hamstring problem sustained in the Premier League victory over Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on May 18.

Mendy, meanwhile, was taken off at half time of the game at Villa Park having injured his ribs after colliding with the goal frame while trying to deny Bertrand Traore’s 43rd-minute goal.

On Sunday night there was genuine concern among Chelsea supporters that both could miss tomorrow’s final in Porto. However, Tuchel eased those fears on Monday when he said he expected both to return to training before the Blues squad flew out to Portugal.

That proved to be the case and Tuchel says the duo are fit and ready to take on Pep Guardiola’s side in a little more than 24 hours.

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When asked about the latest team news in his pre-match press conference, the Chelsea head coach gave a short but ideal reply: “[It’s the] best news ever, no injuries. I hope it stays like this after training today.”

Chelsea’s players arrived in Portugal yesterday afternoon and enjoyed a relaxed day at their hotel today.

They will train on the Estadio do Dragao pitch this evening before returning to their base in Porto and Tuchel insists he will not try to calm any nerves within his squad.

“We arrive and the countdown is on for a big, big match, maybe the biggest in Europe,” Tuchel said. “It’s a very demanding week mentally and physically and the coaches need to get it right.

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“It’s been a relaxed day today. We enjoyed some quality time at the hotel, enjoyed the hotel and weather. We connected with our core, our love of the game, the passion we shared for this game as little kids.

“The tension is building naturally and, of course, we don’t want to arrive overexcited and under excited.

“The best thing is to feel the feelings: if you’re nervous, you’re nervous. Maybe the coach is too. You can use that to be at your best level.

“Pressure can be a huge, a big backpack to carry. So just accept it. Let’s be who we are.

“We’re a strong group and we have a genuine belief and trust in what we do. We will arrive together. We will be here and be a strong Chelsea group to win this cup.”

Source by Football London

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