Full confirmed Chelsea squad to face Crystal Palace in Premier League
The Chelsea squad available to face Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday evening at Selhurst Park has been confirmed.
Thomas Tuchel’s men make the trip from west to south London after getting back to winning ways following a professional performance on Wednesday night during their 2-0 win over FC Porto in the Champions League quarter-finals.
It came after Chelsea lost their last outing in the Premier League which ended their 14 game unbeaten start, suffering a shock 5-2 defeat to strugglers West Brom.
And Chelsea have a fully fit squad ahead of the clash, Tuchel confirmed. Their only absentee is Thiago Silva who is suspended after he picked up a red card against the Baggies last time out.
Tuchel is hoping Christian Pulisic can keep fit and have a ‘huge impact’ for the Blues. He is in contention to face the Eagles, as is Tammy Abraham who will be hoping to be given a chance by Tuchel.
“Tammy has had a rough time,” said Tuchel. “He started twice or three times and substituted for tactical reasons at half-time. He’s not had the impact we wish and demand from him.”
As per football.london, here is the squad available for selection against the Eagles:
Goalkeepers: Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Willy Caballero, Karlo Ziger
Defenders: Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen, Ben Chilwell, Marcos Alonso, Emerson Palmieri
Midfielders: Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Billy Gilmour, Mason Mount, Kai Havertz.
Strikers: Tammy Abraham, Timo Werner, Olivier Giroud
Christian Pulisic hands Chelsea fitness boost ahead of Crystal Palace clash
Thomas Tuchel is hoping Christian Pulisic can provide an impact for Chelsea against Crystal Palace in the Premier League.
The 22-year-old netted last weekend during the 5-2 defeat to West Brom after returning to the starting eleven, but was forced off at half-time due to a hamstring problem.
Luckily for Chelsea and the American it was minor and he came off the bench in midweek against Porto in the Champions League.
And Pulisic will be involved and available for selection for the Blues against Crystal Palace on Saturday evening, handing Tuchel a boost.
Tuchel knows how important it is to manage Pulisic’s fitness in the hope he can be the ‘decisive factor’ for the Blues as the season comes to its most important stage.
“I think for Christian fitness is always important because he has this huge physical impact because of the amount of sprints and the amount of intensity that he can give to a team on the highest level. this is one of his biggest strengths,” said Tuchel to the media.