How Chelsea are expected to line-up against Porto

The France striker has only started one of the last six games – but has been a talisman in Europe this season, including his stunning goal in the 1-0 win away to Atletico Madrid in the round of 16.

He scored all four of Chelsea’s goals in the group stage win against Sevilla – and with Wednesday’s game being played in the neutral venue of Seville, Tuchel has hinted he could be in line for a start.

“He’s in the running, he’s in the squad, and he’s absolutely excited to return to Sevilla, to play there, it gives him a good feeling,” said the Chelsea manager.

“And he’s very strong for us in the Champions League, he has history in Sevilla, scoring many goals in this campaign. So obviously he’s in the running.”

Chelsea have also been boosted by the availability of Christian Pulisic, N’Golo Kante and Tammy Abraham.

Tuchel added: “They are fit enough to be in the squad and will be in the squad all three, that’s good news.

“N’Golo just did his last test and will be on the bench. He feels very comfortable, comfortable enough to be on the bench.”

Chelsea predicted XI (3-4-2-1): Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; James. Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Havertz, Mount; Giroud

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