Four changes Thomas Tuchel could make to repeat Chelsea’s Champions League final win vs Man City

It’s a rematch of the Champions League final this weekend as Chelsea host Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday lunchtime, and Thomas Tuchel has a number of decisions to make

Having made 10 changes to his Chelsea side for the penalty shoot out victory over Aston Villa in midweek, of course Thomas Tuchel will be making more for the clash with Man City this weekend.

City arrive in west London this weekend having progressed in the League Cup, just like Chelsea did, earlier this week but the Premier League now takes centre stage with a rematch of the champions league Final of last season on the horizon

Arguably, the two favourites for the title will face off at lunchtime in SW6 on Saturday lunchtime with Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea unbeaten in all competitions this season.

City, the reigning champions of course, have recovered from their opening weekend loss to Spurs by scoring 11 unanswered goals in their next three games before drawing a blank at Southampton last time out.

Two of the world’s elite coaches in Tuchel and Pep Guardiola will square off as well, in what promises to be a fascinating tactical battle (hopefully that isn’t code for an ensuing 0-0 when the game takes place).

Tuchel will recall his big guns who he had either on the bench or watching on from behind it on Wednesday night. The likes of Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Marcos Alonso, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen all got the night off

while Romelu Lukaku, Kai Havertz, Mason Mount and Thiago Silva were named among the subs.Mount and Lukaku came off the bench in the second half while N’Golo Kante continued his comeback from injury by playing the first 45 minutes of the win over Villa in midweek.

But looking back to the Spurs game and the starting line up that Tuchel put out then, could the German head coach be tempted into tweaking his eleven for the game?

It would be staggering if Kante doesn’t start at Stamford Bridge this weekend considering the opposition and now he is back to nearing full fitness. We all saw the impact he made in the win over Spurs, so it’s a case of who drops out for Kante.

It would be very harsh on the in-form Mateo Kovacic or Jorginho to miss out. Kante replaced Mason Mount at half time in north London which, again, would be a surprise to see from the start despite Mount’s somewhat underwhelming start to the season.

So, who makes way from the Spurs game? Lukaku won’t be dropped as he will spearhead the attack so Kai Havertz could be the player in danger. It’s a toss-up between him and Mount as to who could make way.

Then again, both Mount and Havertz played against City in the Champions League final back in May while Kovacic was on the bench. Could Tuchel repeat his trick that saw him steer the Blues to European glory?

Reece James played very well indeed against Villa in midweek and is pushing for a Premier League recall having been on the bench against Spurs. His possible inclusion would see Cesar Azpilicueta shifted inside but then a centre half would have to make way.

Thiago Silva is Tuchel’s go-to man for the big occasion and after a towering display in north London, is almost certain to keep his place. So is Antonio Rudiger, and so Andreas Christensen could well be the fall guy.

In terms of injuries, the only potential return could be Edouard Mendy in goal to replace Kepa. Thomas Tuchel wouldn’t commit to Mendy being available this weekend when asked on Tuesday ahead of the Carabao Cup tie.

But, if the Senegalese stopper is fit then it’s a no-brainer that he returns, even with the impressive performances of Kepa between the sticks for the last two matches.

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