Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel hoping for Champions League final boost after Arsenal update

Chelsea: Tuchel gives team news for Arsenal clash

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel will be hopeful over the fitness of defender Andreas Christensen with the Blues facing a hectic end to the campaign starting with Wednesday’s match against Arsenal. The Londoners are set to compete in the FA Cup final, UEFA Champions League final, as well as attempt to secure a place in the Premier League top four.

They might well have had to do that without a key defender in the form of Danish centre-back Christensen.

The 25-year-old suffered an injury in Chelsea’s 2-1 victory against Manchester City at the weekend as he attempted to clear a ball played in-behind the Blues backline.

He was eventually withdrawn and replaced by Kurt Zouma, with fears that the injury could well have been somewhat serious.

However, Tuchel has expressed his optimism over the fitness of Christensen, suggesting that he could play a part in the Londoners’ run-in.

He said: “Andreas’ [injury] was better than we feared.

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“We hope he’ll be back for one of the two Leicester games. It will be a tough one but the season isn’t finished for him hopefully.

“We have a realistic hope that the season is not over for him.”

The news will certainly be a big boost to Chelsea and of course Christensen after he has played a big role following Tuchel’s arrival at Stamford Bridge.

He has made 18 appearances under the former Paris Saint-Germain head coach in all competitions, having only missed four Premier League games since the German’s appointment.

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In the matches he has played, Chelsea have managed to earn 12 clean sheets.

The most notable of their shut-outs have come against Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Liverpool.

The team have also only conceded seven Premier League goals when Christensen has been on the field – five of those coming in the 5-2 reverse at the hands of West Bromwich Albion alone.

He could be set to miss this weekend’s FA Cup final clash against Leicester, as well as Wednesday evening’s clash against Arsenal, but could firmly be in contention for the UEFA Champions League final versus Man City.

Another of Chelsea’s injured players could also give Tuchel a boost.

Midfielder Mateo Kovacic has been out of action since the Blues’ 4-1 thumping of Crystal Palace in April with a hamstring injury.

The Croatian has missed the last eight games in all competitions and whilst he failed to return as hoped, he could well be in contention at Wembley Stadium on Saturday evening.

He could be afforded a place on the bench against Leicester with Mason Mount, N’Golo Kante and Jorginho having all formed a formidable trio in recent weeks.

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