Tuchel issues Kante fitness update

The French midfielder did take part in last week’s Champions League win over Malmo, playing 65 minutes before being replaced by Saul with the Blues 4-0 up but Tuchel decided against involving him three days later.

‘The game was too early,’ said the boss. ‘He [Kante] did the full training on Friday and after training, he said he feels his muscles a bit tight.

‘He went to the physios for massages and for some treatment and he actually wanted to wait until Saturday in the morning to take the decision. I said no, it’s such an early game tomorrow, the possibility that it will change is not so high.