Good evening and welcome to live coverage of Chelsea’s FA Cup fifth round tie away at Barnsley.
Thomas Tuchel will take charge of his first FA Cup game this evening as the Blues travel to Yorkshire on what is sure to be an absolutely freezing night in the north.
It’s been going well for Tuchel since he replaced Frank Lampard at the club with the German head coach having won his last three games on the spin while drawing his opening game to Wolves at Stamford Bridge.
But attention switches away from the Premier League for the evening as the Blues aim to reach the quarter final stage of the competition once again with a real chance of silverware for Tuche; isn his first campaign in charge.
Chelsea have beaten League One and Championship opposition so far to get to this stage, seeing off Morecambe in round three and Luton Town in round for before travelling to another Championship side in Barnsley this evening, who sit 12th in the standings.
Tuchel is expected to rotate his squad but it will still be strong as the head coach has already revealed some of the players who will be starting. Kepa will line up in goal, N’Golo Kante will get his first start since January 3 and the defeat to Manchester City while Billy Gilmour is also in line for a start in midfield.
Kurt Zouma should also get the nod at centre back having yet to feature for Tuchel while Emerson Palmieri can expect a rare run out on the left of the defence. Tammy Abraham is likely to lead the line with Timo Werner rested having sustained a dead leg in the victory over Sheffield United last weekend.
On Ziyech’s inclusion, Tuchel said on Wednesday: “Hopefully tomorrow we’ll see the best of him.
“He’s had a good week in training and we count on Hakim like everybody else, there are absolutely no doubts about that.
For me, it’s clear he needs to adapt to this kind of football, this kind of league. He’s come from a strong Ajax squad but they…