If Mason Mount plays, it will be his 100th Premier League appearance for Chelsea. With 23 goals and 18 assists, he will have been involved in more goals than any other English player in their first 100 PL matches for the Blues (41).
Following a hard-fought cup run for both Chelsea and Crystal Palace, the two London sides are set to battle it out at Wembley Stadium for a place in the FA Cup final in May. Chelsea’s double dreams were crushed during midweek after they were dramatically knocked out of the Champions League in extra-time (aggregate: 5-4) by Real Madrid, despite a 3-2 victory on the night. That was a result that left boss Thomas Tuchel both ‘disappointed and very proud’.
Thomas Tuchel has proved to be a coach adept at winning cup finals in the little over a year he has been at Chelsea, although one blemish exists on that record, and it is a match he reflects upon ahead of another chance to lift a trophy today.
Thomas Tuchel on Chelsea’s system not suiting forwards: “There is a history of strikers struggling at Chelsea, so it may not be the easiest place in the world for strikers. In my opinion, Chelsea are considered a strong defensive team, a physical team that has a certain attitude when in competitive football. We demand a lot of our strikers in terms of defending. We want to be a physical, hard-working group that wants to play a physical game, as well as a skilful game […] It’s a complex sport and we will continue to play with faith, with a team effort, and it’s what we do.”
Chelsea have confirmed that head coach Thomas Tuchel has tested positive for Covid-19 and will therefore miss his side’s FA Cup clash with Plymouth Argyle.
The European Champions faces Plymouth in an early kick-off fixture. The Blues, in any day are the favorites to ease past their opponents. But this is to say, the Plymouth players will also not be easy to play against.
The Croatian produced a spectacular volley to launch our fightback against the Reds at Stamford Bridge
Trevoh Chalobah, Chelsea defender: “As a club we want to win every game. We know it wasn’t our best performance in Turin and we want to put that right.”