Chelsea expected XI vs Aston Villa as Tuchel prepares for Champions League final

Chelsea travel Aston Villa in their final game of the Premier League campaign, with Thomas Tuchel 's side hoping to secure a top four finish.

The Blues are currently third, having beaten Leicester 2-1 in their previous game, but just one point separates them from both Liverpool and the Foxes.

Victory will ensure that Chelsea will be playing Champions League football next season and that means Tuchel cannot afford to rotate too much ahead of their Champions League final clash with Manchester City next week.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Tuchel revealed Andreas Christensen would be back in contention after recovering from injury, while N'Golo Kante and Kai Havertz face late fitness tests.

"Andreas Christensen will be in the squad, he did full training today and also yesterday without any problems," Tuchel said. "So he will be back. Kai Havertz did a test today and will be testing in team training tomorrow.

"And with NG it's going to be very close, but still some hopes he maybe joins team training tomorrow. But if not, then he will join on Monday."

As a result, Christensen could start as part of a back three alongside Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger, with Edouard Mendy in goal.

Reece James may return to right wing-back, having started the Blues' last two games as a right centre-back, while Ben Chilwell is expected to start as the left wing-back.

In midfield, Mateo Kovacic could partner Jorginho, with Kante given time to ensure he is fully fit for the final.

Having picked them to start against Leicester, Tuchel may opt to continue with Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and Timo Werner as his front three.

Tuchel has said his side are "determined" to beat Villa, adding: "This is what we wished for, what we worked hard for. It's still in our hands and we are full of respect for our opponents.

"We know how hard it is to play at Aston Villa and to beat this strong Aston Villa side. But we are determined to do it."

Chelsea predicted XI:(3-4-2-1) Mendy; Christensen, Silva, Rudiger; James, Kovacic, Jorginho, Chilwell; Mount, Pulisic; Werner

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