Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel takes charge of his first FA Cup game tonight and is already dreaming of winning the world football’s oldest tournament.
The German leads his Blues out against Championship side Barnsley at Oakwell for a place in the quarterfinals – one step closer to Wembley, where Frank Lampard’s side were beaten by Arsenal in last season’s final.
On a mission to get Chelsea a return on their massive £250m transfer spree, Tuchel says: “It would be huge. It’s one of the most prestigious cups in the world and it’s played at Wembley.
“Even as a little boy in Germany, with no internet or sports channel, you know the words Wembley for sure.
“It’s a big, big game to play in and a big goal to achieve. But tomorrow is the most important game.”
Tuchel will be boosted by the return to full fitness of dynamic midfielder N’Golo Kante, after he made his first appearance of the year in last week’s 1-0 Premier League win over Tottenham as a substitute.
The boss says: “I think N’Golo fits into any manager's plans on the planet. I was desperate to have him in my teams [in the past]. I am so happy to have him back again. We put him on the pitch against Tottenham and he helped everybody on the pitch. He’ll start.”
The Blues boss is also keen to see if winger Hakim Ziyech will pass a late fitness test in order to feature after ruling out experienced centreback Thiago Silva with a thigh problem.
Wolves host Southampton in tonight’s 7.30pm fifth-round clash.