Europa League final team news – Kante and Cech both start
Both N’Golo Kante and Petr Cech start for their teams in the Europa League final.
It therefore comes as a massive surprise to see the Frenchman start, especially given how careful he was at training the previous evening, a clear sign of just how important he is to the team.
Playing in his final match as a professional Cech starts in goal for Arsenal, against the team with which he won both the Champions League and the Europa League.
It has been widely reported that Cech will become Chelsea’s Director of Football upon his retirement, which had led to some supporters suggesting Cech should not start.
TEAM NEWS IN FULL
Chelsea - Kepa, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Luiz, Emerson, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Pedro, Giroud, Hazard. Subs: Caballero, Cumming, Cahill, Zappacosta, Ampadu, Alonso, McEachran, Gallagher, Barkley, Willian, Higuain
Arsenal - Cech, Sokratis, Koscielny, Monreal, Maitland-Riles, Torreira, Xhaka, Kolasinac, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette. Subs: Leno, Lichtsteiner, Mustafi, Jenkinson, Elneny, Guendouzi, Willock, Saka, Iliev, Iwobi, Nketiah, Welbeck