Crouch reveals the Chelsea player he wouldn’t start against Leicester City

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Chelsea face Leicester City for the second time running, as the Blues host the Foxes at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night, after losing to them in the FA Cup final on Saturday.

Chelsea are favourites for the Premier League fixture tonight, but a lot has been said after the defeat over the weekend.

Former Liverpool and England striker Peter Crouch has weighed in on Chelsea’s loss in the FA Cup final, and he believes that Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel should have named his best squad for the game, as he opted for Kepa Arrizabalaga ahead of Edouard Mendy.

“It used to be the case that teams played their best line-up regardless, but I wouldn’t be holding Kepa Arrizabalaga responsible for Chelsea’s defeat,” said the former Liverpool striker.

“He was beaten by an outstanding strike from Youri Tielemans that I doubt Edouard Mendy would have saved. Leicester didn’t win the FA Cup because Thomas Tuchel picked his No 2.

“Would I have done it if I was manager? Not a chance. I couldn’t care less how unpopular it would have made me, I would have gone with my strongest available team and then you cannot have any room for doubt.

“But I would also say this as a former player: it would have been unbelievably harsh to drop Kepa after he had played all the rounds before the final.”

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