The countdown is on. In two days, Chelsea will kick off at the Estadio Dragão in the 2021 Champions League final. The eleven on the pitch will be joined by twelve on the bench, with two watching from the stands.
That traveling 25-man squad was confirmed today by the club a short while ago, with the players on their way to the airport and set to fly to Porto, Portugal.
With a fully fit squad, there are no surprises, though there’s room for only one Academy youngster in Tino Anjorin.
GOALKEEPERS: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Willy Caballero, Édouard Mendy
DEFENDERS: Antonio Rüdiger, Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, Marcos Alonso, Ben Chilwell, Emerson, Reece James, César Azpilicueta
MIDFIELDERS: Jorginho, N’Golo Kanté, Mateo Kovačić, Billy Gilmour
ATTACKERS: Tammy Abraham, Timo Werner, Olivier Giroud, Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, Tino Anjorin
Meanwhile, it looks like the question of what shirt Chelsea will be wearing has been answered as well. We’re the away team, technically, which means City will be in their home light blues. Thus our actual away kits, also light blue, are ruled out. But while GAZPROM did hint at the unbeaten third kit being worn (which would’ve been unlike our previous meetings with City), Chelsea’s Instagram story today shows the usual home shirts, embroidered with the final’s details on the front, being packed into shipping crates and ready to fly with the team — and presumably worn on Saturday.
Fortunately, they are this year’s home shirts, not next year’s that have gone 0-for-2 in finals already for the club (men’s FA Cup, Women’s Champions League).