The news of the team has been confirmed before the FA Cup final between Liverpool and Chelsea, with some surprises, especially in the ranks of the Blues.
chelsea Head coach Thomas Tuchel opted to start Mateo Kovacic despite the midfielder aggravating a torn ligament in his ankle in the midweek win over Leeds United.
The Croat fell victim to Dan James’ red card horror tackle, his ankle buckling under the force of the challenge. However, after suggesting that he was willing to “take risks” in the cup final, Tuchel has included Kovacic from the start.
There is no place in the starting eleven for Kovacic’s midfield partner N’Golo Kante, who has not played since late April and had been a doubt for Saturday’s clash.
Kai Havertz is absent from the squad entirely, likely due to injury, which makes the decision to start Romelu Lukaku a little easier.
Young centre-back Trevoh Chalobah has earned a start after impressing against Leeds, with Cesar Azpilicueta on the bench for the showpiece. Andreas Christensen has also been dropped, with Thiago Silva stepping into central defence.
as for LiverpoolJordan Henderson, unsurprisingly, enters an established starting lineup in place of the injured Fabinho.
Ibrahima Konate has also been restored to the starting lineup ahead of Joel Matip, who featured against Aston Villa on Tuesday night.
Chelsea (3-4-2-1): mendy; Chalobah, Thiago Silva, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Mount, Pulisic; Lukaku
Liverpool (4-3-3): Allison; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Keita, Henderson, Thiago; Salah, Mane, Diaz