Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has admitted he will do ‘everything possible’ to ensure Edouard Mendy is fit for the Champions League final after the goalkeeper picked up a rib injury in Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa.
Mendy collided with the post while diving to try and save former Blue Bertrand Traore’s 43rd-minute opener, and although he did carry on until half-time, the decision was made to replace him with Kepa Arrizabalaga at the break.
It’s left Chelsea sweating as they have just five days to prepare themselves for the Champions League final against Manchester City on May 29, and Tuchel confessed after the game that he was worried about Mendy’s fitness.
“He fell on the frame of the net. He has big pain in his ribs,” Tuchel said (via BBC Sport). “We need to wait until we get home and we will do some images. Tomorrow we will have an update on what’s going on.
“If it’s possible we need to push and do everything so he is in goal on Saturday.”
It was a disappointing end to what was otherwise an impressive season for Mendy, who finished with 16 clean sheets in his debut campaign with the Blues.
“It was the story of the season,” Tuchel said of the game (via the club’s official website). “We needed many clean sheets to overcome this lack of composure and precision. We conceded two goals from set-pieces out of nothing and made it hard to come back, but we even then we had enough chances to come back.
“We are still a young team and we try to improve them and make them learn from every game. We need to adjust details and we need to be spot on on Saturday if we are to have a positive outcome.
“We are lucky Tottenham finished the job for us today. We came to win and put any doubt to the side, but it was not possible.
“We are in the position and we were in the position that it was possible to end in the top four with a defeat. That was possible because of the team’s hard work and good results.”