The German forward who is known for his big game influence after scoring the winning goals of the Champions League and the Club World will not play a part of the FA Cup final due to an injury.
The news of his absence got fans worried with speculations that he might have fallen out with the manager after finding out he wasn’t in the team or picked up an injury, and the former was the right call.
On Saturday Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel confirmed the striker like most of his teammates had trained well but 24 hours later he had to inform reporters just before the game that he left out the German due to a hamstring issues.
What Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said
The Champions League winning manager told BBC Radio 5 just before the game: “We had to leave him out because of a hamstring issue which was unfortunate but we have others to step in.”
The Blues are hoping to avoid losing a third consecutive FA Cup final and by doing so ensuring that also Liverpoool remain a side that has never won the FA Cup under the Wembley arch.
In-form Romelu Lukaku is leading the line and is supported by Christian Pulisic with the energetic Mason Mount just roaming behind them to provide support.
Thomas Tuchel also decided that his side should wear the yellow kit for this final, the same one they wore for the semi-final win over Crystal Palace.
The German manager said he wanted to win the FA Cup with his side wearing yellow as a sign of luck.