Mateo Kovacic is set for a spell on the sideline after picking up injury during their training for the FC Porto clash
The Croatian was in content to start for the Blues but due to a late injury, he had to be dropped.
Speaking on his injury, Tuchel confirmed saying; ‘We had a light injury unfortunately in training yesterday which was very sad so Kova is out,’ said Tuchel.
‘The same with Andreas Christensen. We did not manage to make him fully fit after his muscle issues from the first leg.
‘These are our two concerns, but we have Thiago back in the squad. There are not too many changes because we are on a good run and the team feels confident.’
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Explaining why Kante started despite being considered injured, Tuchel added; ‘It got taken out of my hands [whether to start Kante], the decision was taken when Kova got an injury.
‘Unfortunately, I’d have loved to have the choice to have N’Golo from the bench to be 100% sure that he could finish the game. It’s still possible. He feels very good. It’s good to have N’Golo on the pitch, he gives us a lot confidence, makes everyone feels safe, has a big impact all the time.
‘A quarter-final of the Champions League is the moment for him to be on the field for Chelsea.’