“N’Golo Kante and Willian are in the squad, so we’ll see if they are fit to be in the starting XI.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek has a small problem he picked up yesterday, so he’s out of the game.”
How different will it be with no fans in the stadium?
It doesn’t affect preparations, it still means the same thing, because a trophy like this is one that either stays with you for life or is pretty quickly forgotten, if you’re a losing finalist.
That remains the same?
“Of course we’d love our fans to be there, our fans have been great for us this season, and I’m sure Arsenal would say the same.
“And you love days like this when fans can come and support their team, and we obviously as players and staff thrive on that.”
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What would it mean to you to win a trophy so quickly in your career, special for you?
“Yeah obviously I would be delighted to win it. When you get to a final you want to win it. Simple as that. And at this stage in my career in my first year at Chelsea, of course you’d want to win it, you would at any time but in an early start for me I would do.
“It’s going to be difficult, it’s a difficult game in front of us, many a great manager over periods of time have not been able to win things, so I wouldn’t want to lean everything on it, but now we’re here in the final of course I want to win it.
“Predominantly for the club and for the players, for the work they’ve put in through the year.”
Did Arsenal surprise you in the semi-final and the way they won the game?
“I wasn’t surprised that they won the game.
“Manchester City were most people’s favourites, they are pretty much in every game they go into almost.
“But I knew that with Arsenal and the individual and collective talent and the great coach that they have, who has really been positive for them in the short time he’s been there, that they had the…