Champions League, Club World Cup…. Carabao Cup?
Thomas Tuchel has had no problem winning trophies since joining Chelsea, and he’ll be looking to add to that list this afternoon.
They’re the slight underdogs, but they’ve already shown how they can rise to the occasional when there’s silverware on offer.
Advantage Liverpool so far in the atmosphere battle.
Chelsea team being read out, Liverpool fans doing their best to drown it out – and doing a decent job.
Tuchel: It’s been a distraction
Thomas Tuchel has been discussing how the Roman Abramovich news has impacted the team leading up to the final.
“It was difficult, it was a distraction,” Tuchel said.
“We are watching the news and like other people we are concerned. We are also shocked by the situation in Ukraine.
“We are approaching this final, a big final, and we allowed ourselves to be sportsmen and to be football players, and we allowed ourselves to focus on this match of football and to a certain degree enjoy it.
“I know there are much more important things in the world than football but we are here to play a match of football and this is what the players deserve and the spectators as well.”
Cup matches at Wembley have not gone particularly well for Liverpool recently.
Last five matches, no wins. They’ve lost twice and drawn three times – those draws all ended with defeat on penalties.
Doubt Klopp will be bringing that up in his pre-match team talk though…
Van Dijk: Liverpool will give it everything
Virgil van Dijk has been speaking ahead of kick-off, and is confident Liverpool won’t be as vulnerable as they were at times against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in January.
“I am looking forward to it a lot,” Van Dijk said.
“The sun is out, it will be a great occasion. We are playing against a fantastic opponent. We will give it our all. It is going to be tough.”
“Things have changed since the hectic game we played against Chelsea in January. We have analysed a lot of clips from that game to take with us. It was intense, hopefully we’ll do a lot better defensively today.”
A couple of big calls made by Thomas Tuchel. He opts to leave Lukaku on the bench, favouring Havertz in a central position in front.
Edouard Mendy has got the nod over Kepa Arrizabalaga in goal, while Reece James returns to the squad and is named among the substitutes.
Chelsea team news
Starting XI: Mendy, Chalobah, Thiago Silva, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Kante, Kovacic, Alonso, Mount, Havertz, Pulisic
Subs: Kepa, James, Sarr, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Saul, Hudson-Odoi, Lukaku, Werner