It is less than three days until Chelsea take to the field to compete for the biggest prize in European football: the Champions League.
Thomas Tuchel and his players will fly out to Portugal this afternoon ahead of the game against Manchester City, which takes place on Saturday evening at the Estadio do Dragao.
Chelsea’s squad will train at the stadium tomorrow evening. They will then head back to their hotel and mentally prepare for the game 24 hours later. It is the biggest match many within the Blues squad will have ever played.
Fortunately, it’s not all or nothing for Tuchel’s side. On Sunday, despite suffering defeat to Aston Villa, Chelsea secured their place in the Premier League top four and thus guaranteed top-echelon European football for next season.
That has taken a little bit of pressure off the game, Tuchel has admitted as much. Yet come Saturday afternoon, there will not be a Chelsea fan across the world who isn’t a bundle of nerves.
Tuchel has several big selection decisions to make, especially in midfield and in his forward line. There are also debates to be had over who lines up in the back three.
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