The 2021/22 FA Cup final is set to get underway at Wembley on Saturday, with Chelsea and Liverpool renewing their acquaintance in the capital (4.45pm kick-off, UK time).
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Chelsea confirmed XI v Liverpool:
Despite pre-match fitness doubts, Mateo Kovacic makes the starting XI for Chelsea. Kai Havertz is absent from the squad due to a hamstring injury.
“We tried until the last minute,” Tuchel told reporters.
“He has hamstring problems. Not a real injury. He feels if he goes, there will be an injury. If he says this in front of a final it is serious enough to not start. He puts in a lot of sprints, intensity runs. We cannot risk this.”
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 14, 2022
Liverpool confirmed XI v Chelsea:
As expected, the injured Fabinho is replaced by Jordan Henderson. Luis Diaz stars in attack.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 14, 2022
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Chelsea v Liverpool FA Cup final preview:
It’s a repeat of February’s League Cup final in north-west London, which resulted in a drama-fuelled penalty shootout, with Liverpool ultimately coming out on top. Jurgen Klopp remains fighting on three fronts this term, with the Champions League and Premier League still firmly in his sights, but his immediate gaze will be focused on Saturday and the chance to win a first-ever FA Cup.
Chelsea meanwhile enter this contest in the doldrums, winning just one game in five this month — against a heavily-rotated, 10-man West Ham — and with the psychological scars of last season’s FA Cup final defeat to Leicester City. Still, anything can happen on the day, and Thomas Tuchel has enjoyed an unbeaten streak against Klopp this season in all competitions (in 90 minutes).
Ahead of the game, Tuchel expressed sympathy with Pep Guardiola’s recent claim that ‘everybody in this country supports Liverpool’, saying Chelsea will relish their role as villains in today’s final.
“There are huge sympathies for Liverpool, I feel that as well, in the whole country and I can understand it,” he told reporters.
“Of course it is also because of Jurgen, but in general what this club stands for and how they run the business, and how the fans push their team.
“You have the feeling it’s purely about football and this is like a huge history in this club and there is a huge sympathy for it.
“If you fight against it, like Pep for many, many years, I can understand his comment that it feels sometimes like this.”
He added: “You know Klopp is the master of being the underdog.
“He can talk you into being the underdog against Villareal and against Benfica, and it’s a miracle, miracle how they even draw against them.
“He can talk you into it and he does it all the time, he does it a lot of times. That’s part of it, that’s also like from where the sympathy comes.
“There’s nothing to be jealous of from my side. Klopp is a fantastic guy, a funny guy, one of the very, very best coaches in the world and that’s what he does.
“When he trained Dortmund, the whole country loved Dortmund. So now he trains Liverpool and you have the feeling the whole country loves Liverpool.
“It’s big, big, big credit to him and this is what you deal with if you play a team against him, it’s always like this, but it’s always the fun part and so if we are the bad guys tomorrow, then no problem.
“If we take that role, no problem. We don’t want to have the sympathy of the country tomorrow – we want to have the trophy.”
Chelsea team news
Jorginho came off at half-time in the 1-0 defeat to Everton at the start of the month and he subsequently missed the Wolves draw. But, the Italian returned to training earlier this week and will be available for selection. Elsewhere, N’Golo Kante went off injured the game before Everton against Man Utd and has subsequently missed the following two games, but he should also be fit to return here. Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ben Chilwell, meanwhile, remain sidelined indefinitely.
Mateo Kovacic could also miss out after sustaining an ankle injury against Leeds United. “I tell you not as a coach and not as an expert, but for me it is very unlikely,” head coach Thomas Tuchel said. “It was a swollen ankle and he is in a lot of pain. For me, I am not a doctor and we need to wait for the examinations, but it is very unlikely he can play. It is absolutely bad news for us on a perfect evening.”
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Liverpool team news
Klopp has confirmed Fabinho will miss out, the influential Brazilian defensive midfielder was forced off on the half-hour mark at Villa Park on Tuesday night. The Liverpool boss embraced a policy of rotation in the 2-1 win over Aston Villa, resting the likes of Mohamed Salah, Andy Robertson and Thiago, but Fabinho will not be involved, though Klopp is hopeful of a return before the forthcoming Champions League final.
He said: “There’s a good chance that he will be back whenever – not for the weekend but whenever.”
Scoreline prediction: Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool
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