Edouard Mendy and N’Golo Kante return to Chelsea training ahead of Champions League final against Manchester City
Edouard Mendy was taken off at half-time against Aston Villa on Sunday while N’Golo Kante missed that game with a hamstring problem; Chelsea have also returned 800 unsold tickets from their allocation ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final
Chelsea are set to be at full strength for Saturday’s Champions League final against Manchester City with N’Golo Kante and goalkeeper Edouard Mendy having now fully shaken off injury problems in the run-up to the game.
“Best news ever: no injuries and let’s hope it stays like this until after training today,” coach Thomas Tuchel told reporters at a press conference on Friday (May 28) just before his squad’s final work-out ahead of the match at the Estadio do Dragao.
France midfielder Kante missed Chelsea’s final game of the Premier League season at Aston Villa last weekend as a precaution after limping out of the 2-1 win against Leicester City five days earlier with a hamstring problem.
Mendy, who has been outstanding since signing from Rennes at the beginning of the season, was replaced by Kepa Arrizabalaga at half-time against Villa after suffering a rib injury when he collided with a post.
Meanwhile there was some concern for Pep Guardiola’s City as midfielder Ilkay Gundogan was pictured limping out of their final training session on the pitch in Porto.
The German international is City’s top scorer this season with 17 goals in all competitions
The capacity for the game will be capped at 16,500, while the normal capacity of the Estadio do Dragao is 50,000.
The unsold tickets were for a package which included £200 subsided return flights to Porto
Chelsea have sold all their 2,800 allocation of match-only tickets. Those fans will travel independently and can go and come back when they want.
Supporters will need to return a negative PCR test 72 hours before their flights and then a further test after they have returned
Last week, the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust released a scathing statement attacking UEFA’s decision to move the match to Porto.
“The UEFA executives making these decisions clearly have little empathy or concern with match-going supporters. They are deeply out of touch,” it read.
However, a UEFA statement on Friday read: “The overwhelming majority of fans of the two finalist clubs will be travelling via organised charters, as was agreed by UEFA, the FPF (Portuguese FA) and the Portuguese authorities.
“A comprehensive and efficient mobility system is in place to welcome those travelling fans at the airport, and bring them directly to the fans meeting points, which can only be accessed with proof of a negative test result.”
City, meanwhile, have announced they will host a large-screen showing of the match for up to 4,000 fans at their Academy Stadium
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