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Predicted Chelsea line-up for the Champions League final

Chelsea look to win their second Champions League title on Saturday night when they face Manchester City in the final at Estadio de Dragao.

Thomas Tuchel has a fully fit squad to choose from for the Champions League final against Manchester City. Chelsea hope to bounce back from their recent rut and overcome the 2020/21 Premier League champions to clinch the much-coveted Champions League trophy on Saturday night in Porto.

The Blues were handed a 2-1 defeat by Aston Villa on the final day of the 2020-21 Premier League season but Tuchel’s men still sealed a top-four finish with Leicester City suffering a heavy loss to Tottenham Hotspur. N’Golo Kante and Edouard Mendy have been declared fit, meaning the German has some tough calls to make for the final.

Both players are expected to start, which is likely to see Mateo Kovacic return to the bench, with Jorginho expected to join Kante in the double six roles.

Tuchel will set his team up in a 3-4-2-1 setup, with Mendy guarding the goal. The German tactician has used Reece James in an unusual right-sided centre-back role of late but is likely to shift him back to his natural right wing-back slot. Ben Chilwell is a certainty to feature out on the left side ahead of Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri. Cesar Azplicueta will form the three-man backline along with Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger.

With Kante fit and available, the Frenchman becomes a shoo-in in the starting eleven, with his energy and defensive nous set to come extremely handy for Chelsea in their attempts to stop City. He will be supported by Italian international Jorginho, with Kovacic offering an option from the bench.

Mason Mount is a guaranteed starter in one of the two attacking midfield slots. The England international will play a huge role if Chelsea are to stand a chance on Saturday. For the second spot, Hakim Ziyech could get the nod despite not being a regular of late because he scored in Chelsea’s both wins against Manchester City. Timo Werner’s pace could be a major asset if they decide to play on the break, thus making him a likely starter as the centre-forward ahead of Kai Havertz and Olivier Giroud.