Full Chelsea squad revealed for Palmeiras clash as Thomas Tuchel faces Edouard Mendy decision

Chelsea will be hoping to clinch their first FIFA Club World Cup title on Saturday as they face Palmeiras in the final of the competition.

The Blues progressed to the final after a Romelu Lukaku goal was enough to see off Al Hilal in the semi-final earlier this week and will be hoping to add the Club World Cup to their ever-growing trophy cabinet.

The west Londoners will be hoping to have Thomas Tuchel back on the touchline for the match, but it is still up in the air at the moment after the Chelsea boss tested positive for Covid-19 last week.

Blues assistant head coach, Zsolt Low, who has been in charge in Tuchel’s absence, gave an update on whether we will see the German for the final.

Low said: “We hope he can come. We have 30 hours to the game. He follows the rules and protocols. Still a lot of time.

“We hope he can come but if not we are well prepared, we have a lot of meetings. We talk about the game, we analyse the game and see what we can do better. We’re absolutely clear what to do better in the second game.”

So, whether it’s Low or Tuchel on the touchline on Saturday afternoon, the Chelsea squad will remain the same.

With that said, football.london takes a look at the squad set to be available to Chelsea, with the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ben Chilwell and Reece James all absent through injuries.

Goalkeepers: Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Marcus Bettinelli

Defenders: Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso, Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva, Trevoh Chalobah, Cesar Azpilicueta, Malang Sarr

Midfielders: Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Saul Niguez, Ross Barkley, Mason Mount

Forwards: Romelu Lukaku, Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Hakim Ziyech, Kenedy, Kai Havertz

The big decision in regards to the team surrounds the goalkeeper situation. Kepa has been in fine form for Chelsea since Mendy dropped out of the squad to represent Senegal, but the latter is undoubtedly still the first-choice shot-stopper at Stamford Bridge.

Whether it will be one last run-out for Kepa, or if Mendy comes back into the side, Chelsea will still fancy their chances of lifting the trophy for the first time.

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