Chelsea predicted XI vs Man City as Thomas Tuchel rests stars for rehearsal

Chelsea will face Manchester City in the Premier League this evening in what will be a dress rehearsal for the Champions League final.

Despite the need to secure a top-four finish, Thomas Tuchel is expected to name a rotated side and rest a few key players.

Chelsea need a win in order to remain comfortably ahead of West Ham, and go into today's game three points ahead of their cross-London rivals.

A win for City will see Pep Guardiola's side crowned English champions for the third time in four years.

Irregardless of the magnitude of the game, Tuchel is set to rotate his side slightly in order to rest some key stars.

Edouard Mendy had a fine game against Real Madrid in Wednesday night's semi-final, but could be rotated out of the side today.

Kepa Arrizabalaga seems to be fancied by Tuchel, having played consistently in the FA Cup as well as a couple of appearances in the Premier League, and could play today.

At the back, Tuchel will likely play Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen in a three-man central defence.

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  • Callum Hudson-Odoi could be set to reclaim his place as right wing-back following a stint out of the side.

    On the other side, Marcos Alonso will likely replace Ben Chilwell at left wing-back.

    In the middle of the park, Matteo Kovacic could return after missing out against Madrid.

    He will likely play alongside N'Golo Kante to test out the pairing Chelsea could well line up with in the final.

    Kai Havertz will likely play as a false nine with Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount either side of him.

    Predicted Chelsea XI vs Man City: Hudson-Odoi, Arrizabalaga; Zouma, Rudiger, Christensen, Alonso; Kovacic, Kante; Pulisic, Mount, Havertz

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