Chelsea is set to face Brazilian side Palmeiras in the Club World Cup finals after beating Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal 1-0 in Abu Dhabi. The Blues took the lead through a stunning finish by Romelu Lukaku in the first half of the game.
Al-Hilal created several chances to equalize the game, especially in the second half, but, unfortunately, the goalkeeper denied most of their efforts.
The Spanish shot-stopper has been in a good run of form in the absence of Eduardo Mendy. On his arrival after the Nations Cup glory, he was welcomed by his teammates who are ready to get another trophy for the Senegalese international on Saturday.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel will be desperate to name a stronger lineup to face Palmeiras in the finals of the Club World Cup competition. Here is how he could set up his team. Despite Mendy’s return, Kepa will likely keep his place at the goal post after his impressive performances in the semifinals.
Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, and Andreas Christensen would form a solid three-man defense for the Blues in a 3-4-3 formation.
The midfield could house the likes of Kovacic, Kante, Marcus Alonso, and Cesar Azpilicueta. Thomas Tuchel may decide on deploying Kai Havertz in the center-forward role, while the likes of Hakimi Ziyech and Mount will flank him upwards.