Chelsea’s Brazilian midfielder Willian (R) vies with Slavia Prague’s Czech defender Ondrej Kudela during the UEFA Europa League quarter-Final second leg match at Stamford Bridge stadium in London

 

FA Cup: Chelsea get Kante, Willian boost ahead of Arsenal clash

Chelsea have received a huge boost ahead of the FA Cup final with the news that N’Golo Kante and Willian have both recovered from injury in time to face Arsenal on Saturday.

Kante has not played for the Blues since coming off with a hamstring problem during their 3-0 win over Watford on July 4, while Willian missed last week’s victory against Wolves with an unspecified injury.

However, Chelsea coach, Frank Lampard, said both players will be in the squad for the cup final, although he had less encouraging news regarding Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

“N’Golo Kante and Willian are in the squad and we’ll see if they’re fit to be in the starting XI.

“Ruben Loftus-Cheek has got a small problem he picked up yesterday, so he’s out of the game,” the head coach said.

Last game for Willian?

Willian goes for goal

Saturday’s game at Wembley could be Willian’s last domestic game for Chelsea, with his contract due to expire at the end of the season.

Willian, who has been at Stamford Bridge since August 2013, has been offered an extension by Chelsea, but has also received offers from Barcelona and Inter Miami.

He is set to decide his future after this weekend, and Lampard said of the Brazilian winger: “I’ve known Willian for many years now, first as a player and now as a coach.

“If anyone wants to see his mentality then it’s been shown since restart.

“He’s been fantastic for us.

“He’s been fantastic this season.

“He’s shown the right attitude so I would expect nothing less than what he’s shown already – that’s Willian for you.”

Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard

Lampard hopes for victory

Lampard believes the experience of taking on Arsenal in the FA Cup final can only be a positive for the development of his young players, and hopes a victory can help his side in their bid to challenge for the Premier League title.

Many of Lampard’s squad, such as academy graduates Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Reece James, are set to feature in their first major cup final, and Lampard said: “Of course, it would be a boost because to win something like this would be great.

“But I think the experience of a cup final for young players is an experience anyway.

“That certainly is the case for the young players, that you can improve with the more finals you play.

“Not everyone gets to play so many but they do have a different feel to them.

“There is an extra pressure, it’s a necessity to win, and that can change the game.

“It will be a great experience for my players whatever, but of course we want to win.”

Frank Lampard won the FA Cup four times as a Chelsea player, and is now set to take charge in his first major final.

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    Chelsea’s Brazilian midfielder Willian (R) vies with Slavia Prague’s Czech defender Ondrej Kudela during the UEFA Europa League quarter-Final second leg match at Stamford Bridge stadium in London

     

    FA Cup: Chelsea get Kante, Willian boost ahead of Arsenal clash

    Chelsea have received a huge boost ahead of the FA Cup final with the news that N’Golo Kante and Willian have both recovered from injury in time to face Arsenal on Saturday.

    Kante has not played for the Blues since coming off with a hamstring problem during their 3-0 win over Watford on July 4, while Willian missed last week’s victory against Wolves with an unspecified injury.

    However, Chelsea coach, Frank Lampard, said both players will be in the squad for the cup final, although he had less encouraging news regarding Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

    “N’Golo Kante and Willian are in the squad and we’ll see if they’re fit to be in the starting XI.

    “Ruben Loftus-Cheek has got a small problem he picked up yesterday, so he’s out of the game,” the head coach said.

    Last game for Willian?

    Willian goes for goal

    Saturday’s game at Wembley could be Willian’s last domestic game for Chelsea, with his contract due to expire at the end of the season.

    Willian, who has been at Stamford Bridge since August 2013, has been offered an extension by Chelsea, but has also received offers from Barcelona and Inter Miami.

    He is set to decide his future after this weekend, and Lampard said of the Brazilian winger: “I’ve known Willian for many years now, first as a player and now as a coach.

    “If anyone wants to see his mentality then it’s been shown since restart.

    “He’s been fantastic for us.

    “He’s been fantastic this season.

    “He’s shown the right attitude so I would expect nothing less than what he’s shown already – that’s Willian for you.”

    Frank Lampard
    Frank Lampard

    Lampard hopes for victory

    Lampard believes the experience of taking on Arsenal in the FA Cup final can only be a positive for the development of his young players, and hopes a victory can help his side in their bid to challenge for the Premier League title.

    Many of Lampard’s squad, such as academy graduates Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Reece James, are set to feature in their first major cup final, and Lampard said: “Of course, it would be a boost because to win something like this would be great.

    “But I think the experience of a cup final for young players is an experience anyway.

    “That certainly is the case for the young players, that you can improve with the more finals you play.

    “Not everyone gets to play so many but they do have a different feel to them.

    “There is an extra pressure, it’s a necessity to win, and that can change the game.

    “It will be a great experience for my players whatever, but of course we want to win.”

    Frank Lampard won the FA Cup four times as a Chelsea player, and is now set to take charge in his first major final.

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