Tuchel welcomes midfield boost

15 May 2021 02:17:57 GMTPlus11

Thomas Tuchel has been handed an FA Cup final midfield boost with both N'Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic being declared fit for Chelsea's Wembley showdown with Leicester City.

Chelsea are 19/20 to win in 90 minutes and 1/2 to lift the trophy, and their chances have been bolstered by the news that both Kante and Kovacic are available - while City are 13/8 to win the trophy and 16/5 to do so in normal time.

You could see when we missed Mateo and N'Golo in the same match we lacked quality and energy and experience.

Thomas Tuchel

Tuchel has been sweating over the fitness of both of his star midfielders, but has confirmed good news about both schemers.

The German has been delighted with teenager Billy Gilmour over recent matches, but believes experience will be crucial going into a crunch double-header with Brendan Rodgers' Foxes, first for FA Cup glory and then again on Tuesday evening in the Premier League.

Kovacic has not played since picking up a hamstring injury in Seville before the second leg of Chelsea's Champions League quarter-final clash with FC Porto.

And France World Cup winner Kante missed Wednesday's 1-0 home defeat by Arsenal as he was nursing an ankle injury.

"It's huge," Tuchel told his club's official website about the availability of his two experienced stars. "Mateo has everything we need in midfield.

"He has experience, power, acceleration, deceleration, he can dribble with the ball and beat players, he is fast and has physical ability.

"N'Golo was pain management, not a huge injury. It was just there and it was a bit annoying. He will start the game tomorrow and he will more than likely finish it.

"You could see when we missed Mateo and N'Golo in the same match we lacked quality and energy and experience."

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