Chelsea handed Champions League final boost as duo pictured in training

Chelsea handed Champions League boost as duo pictured in training

Key duo pictured in training

Chelsea and Chelsea fans alike have been handed a huge boost ahead of their Champions League final clash with Manchester City as two key players were pictured in training four days ahead of the game.

Edouard Mendy, forced off at half-time after colliding with the goalpost in the Blues’ 2-1 final day defeat to Aston Villa, was pictured back in full first-team training ahead of the trip to Porto.

There was more good news for Chelsea fans too, as influential midfielder N’Golo Kante was also spotted among the training group for the first time since injury forced him off in their 2-1 victory over Leicester City.

The return of both players comes as a huge boost to Thomas Tuchel’s chances of bringing the Champions League trophy back to West London on Saturday, with Kante phenomenal against Real Madrid in the semi finals.

Tuchel had previously joked that he would wait until Saturday and then play Kante with no training, such was his importance to the side. However, he will be relieved to see his star midfielder returning to training ahead of schedule.

Equally, Mendy kept the London side ahead in the tie, making two brilliant saves from lethal striker Karim Benzema. Chelsea fans have, somewhat ambitiously, suggested that had it been the Senegalese goalkeeper in between the sticks for Tuchel in the FA cup final, that Youri Tielemans’ goal would have been avoided.

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This article was edited by
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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City FC 38 51 86
2 Manchester United FC 38 29 74
3 Liverpool FC 38 26 69
4 Chelsea FC 38 22 67
5 Leicester City FC 38 18 66
6 West Ham United FC 38 15 65
7 Tottenham Hotspur FC 38 23 62
8 Arsenal FC 38 16 61
9 Leeds United 38 8 59
10 Everton FC 38 -1 59
11 Aston Villa FC 38 9 55
12 Newcastle United FC 38 -16 45
13 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 38 -16 45
14 Crystal Palace FC 38 -25 44
15 Southampton FC 38 -21 43
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 38 -6 41
17 Burnley FC 38 -22 39
18 Fulham FC 38 -26 28
19 West Bromwich Albion 38 -41 26
20 Sheffield United FC 38 -43 23
Player Team Goals
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 23
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 22
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 17
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 17
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 17
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 16
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 15
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 14
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 13
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 13
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 12
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 12
Wood, Chris Burnley FC 12
Iheanacho, Kelechi Leicester City FC 12
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 11
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 11
Pereira, Matheus West Bromwich Albion 11
Bale, Gareth Tottenham Hotspur FC 11
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 11
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 10

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