Chelsea boss braced for ‘two finals’ against Leicester City

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Thomas Tuchel confirms Chelsea midfielders Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante are fit to face Leicester City in Saturday's FA Cup final;
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Thomas Tuchel, Manager of Chelsea gives instructions to their side during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on May 12, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Thomas Tuchel has demanded a reaction from his Chelsea players ahead of their two ‘finals’ against Leicester City.

Thomas Tuchel confirms Chelsea midfielders Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante are fit to face Leicester City in Saturday’s FA Cup final; Chelsea faces Leicester again in Premier League on Tuesday in a crucial battle for the top four.

Tuchel is targeting his first piece of silverware as Chelsea boss with victory in Saturday’s FA Cup final, and three days later they face the Foxes again at Stamford Bridge in a crucial match in the race for the Premier League top four.

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“It’s a very easy preparation,” said Tuchel. “We all feel angry with ourselves about the missed opportunity and the performance. Now we have the challenge to focus on only this match and play on the edge.

“We need our best game. Leicester is a super-strong side and deserves to be in the final. A few days later we compete with them for the top four.”

When asked which game is the most important, Tuchel replied: “I cannot judge it. These are two finals and we don’t think about anything else. It is a final for the cup and a final for the top four.

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Tuchel confirmed Kepa Arrizabalaga will start in goal against Leicester on Saturday while Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante are both available for selection.

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