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Chelsea have been losing FA Cup finalists in each of the last two seasons, and the deep reserves of quality within their squad make them leading contenders to win the trophy for the ninth time. 

Thomas Tuchel’s team endured a tricky December in the Premier League, falling off the pace set by league leaders Manchester City, but will take heart from a comeback draw against Liverpool and a dominant display against Spurs in the Carabao Cup. 

Romelu Lukaku returned to the starting XI against Tottenham following his interview indiscretion and he will fancy filling his boots against non-league Chesterfield at Stamford Bridge. 

Chelsea are without N’Golo Kante and Thiago Silva, who both tested positive for Covid-19 in midweek.

“We have to find the balance because we also want to be reliable, be fair to the guys who play after injuries and Covid,” Tuchel said. “I think we have five substitutions which give us a lot of options, which is good.

“Of course, we want to use the match to get some minutes into the guys who desperately need it and want it. Like Timo for example. But there is still another training session, there are still one or two more Covid tests. Hopefully, the situation stays as it is now.

“Then we will find a strong line-up and show all the respect to the team and club of Chesterfield. It is the FA Cup and if we want to go to the next round we have to win this match. Nothing else.”

Tuchel added: “We can lose any game in football. That’s why the game is so popular. You will never hear me say we can’t lose before a game. This would be hugely arrogant.

“This is not the attitude with which we want to approach the game tomorrow. Of course, we are favourites.”

Full team news on the way shortly. 



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