Chelsea Team News Ahead of CWC Final. Chelsea will have the majority of their players ready for Saturday’s Club World Cup final against Palmeiras.
On Wednesday, the Blues defeated Al Hilal 1-0 in the semi-final, with Romelu Lukaku’s goal securing a meeting with the Brazilian side.
Chelsea will play for the second time in this competition, having lost to Corinthians in the final the previous time they reached the final.
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Assistant coach Zsolt Low, speaking to the media before the encounter through Football.London did not announce any fresh absences for the match in the United Arab Emirates but expressed his happiness at Edouard Mendy’s return following his AFCON triumph with Senegal.
“We’re very proud of Edou. The whole squad was happy he won the Africa cup. He arrives in a very good mood. Always has a big smile on his face. He’s very important to the group.
“He gives a lot of energy. He was a little tired the first day, needed recovery and good sleep, but he is fully involved in training.
“We’re very happy that he’s healthy and absolutely in good shape with a good experience behind him. He’s ready to play the game.”
Both Reece James and Ben Chilwell have traveled with the group but will be ineligible for selection as they recuperate from their injuries, with James likely to return to first-team action soon.
After testing positive for Covid-19 before their FA Cup clash against Plymouth Argyle, manager Thomas Tuchel is claimed to be eager to rebuild with his players and staff.
“We hope he can come,” Low added. The game will last 30 hours. He adheres to the norms and procedures. There’s still a long way to go. We hope he can make it, but if he can’t, we’ll be ready since we have a lot of meetings.
“We talk about the game, we analyze the game and see what we can do better. We’re absolutely clear what to do better in the second game.”
Zsolt Low on Lukaku
“For Romelu we’re very happy he scores. For a striker, his confidence, it’s very important to score.”
“Especially the two – Kai and Romelu work very well. It was important for Kai to prepare for this goal. It helps the player’s confidence for sure. It’s important.”