Tuchel doubt Reece James availability for final

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Thomas Tuchel doubt if defender Reece James will feature against Liverpool in the Cup final as he added that moving the Champions League final away from Russia is a good decision.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel doubt if Reece James will available against Liverpool in the Carabao cup final.

The England international returned from a injury but the German is still not sure if he will feature in the cup final.

Asked if James could be ready for action at Wembley, Tuchel replied: “That’s a very, very good question. Even if I wanted to, I’m not sure if I could answer your question right now.

“He looked brilliant in the last two training sessions, let’s wait another session, and then let’s see if I’m crazy enough to just put him on the pitch or if the reasonable side of me wins in the end and we go for step by step.

“It would be a huge step, but honestly yesterday and today he looked so strong, so confident, and so, so involved in training that you are tempted to do it.

“Let’s see, we have a little bit of time, and the most important (thing) for him and for us is that he’s back and that he feels so confident that he can step up to the kind of level he did yesterday and today.

“There’s still two days to go, and then we will take the decision.”

Tuchel, who is side hold the UEFA Champions League was asked whether the decision to move the Champions League final away from Russia was the right decision.

The German replied: “Yes, a clear yes, and sadly I think it’s the worst reason to change location; the absolutely worst reason,” he said.

“We feel horrible about it in general, it clouds our minds and it clouds our focus of course.

“And we can absolutely understand the decision. This is not good news but it had to happen. There are things more important (than football).”




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