Chelsea will make a late decision over N’Golo Kante’s fitness ahead of Porto test, with Mateo Kovacic out
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Chelsea head back to Seville tonight for the second leg of their Champions League Quarter Final.
They are 2-0 up in the tie, following Mason Mount’s and Ben Chilwell’s goals in last week’s ‘away’ leg of the tie. Tonight’s ‘home’ leg takes place in the same stadium and Chelsea know that a professional performance should see them through to the semi finals.
Thomas Tuchel told the press in his pre-match conference ahead of Chelsea’s tie with Porto tonight, that the club will make a late call on the fitness of N’Golo Kante.
🗣”We need to be careful about him.”
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel says he will decide tomorrow whether N’Golo Kanté will start in the Champions League pic.twitter.com/kOqiH6luMd
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) April 12, 2021
Speaking on Kante, Tuchel said;
“First of all, I was unbelievably happy when he came with us last week because I didn’t expect it.”
“He was confident enough to return earlier, to help us in the last 15 mins. But the downside of this situation was the he lost a little bit of sleep under the travel issues, had less work in training because he was sitting on the bench and only playing 20 minutes.”
“And the next day he suffered from travelling and could not train like he normally trains. We decided to play him from the bench against Palace but honestly, the decision I will make tomorrow morning when I see him in training then we will look at others and see how they feel.”
LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 15: Mateo Kovacic of Chelsea runs with the ball past Joe Willock of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on February 15, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Chris Lee – Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
Chelsea are set to be without Mateo Kovacic tonight according to Sky Italy’s Angelo Mangiante.
— Angelo Mangiante (@angelomangiante) April 12, 2021
If Kovacic is out the game, then the need for Kante to partner Jorginho in the centre of midfield will increase.