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Chelsea's Kante fit to battle Bayern


N'Golo Kante

N'Golo Kante

N'Golo Kante

Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante has been ruled fit for their Champions League Round of 16 second leg at Bayern Munich this evening as the Blues struggle with injuries.

Coach Frank Lampard is already without Cesar Azpilicueta, Christian Pulisic and Pedro who all picked up injuries during Chelsea's 2-1 defeat by Arsenal in the FA Cup final. Willian is also out.

Lampard told reporters that American Pulisic's injury (hamstring strain) could rule him out for six weeks while Azpilicueta would be sidelined for three. But he will have fit again Ruben Loftus-Cheek ready to start.

Chelsea lost 3-0 in London in the first leg and with the string of injuries at the end of their domestic season decimating his squad, Lampard said his players would need to be careful.

"I wouldn't say all guns blazing or keep it tight," he said about his tactics. "We want to get our game right as a whole. When you play a team as good as they are, you have to play very well and we didn't play well enough (in the first leg)."

Barcelona coach Quique Setien says he is not worried that tonight's last-16 second leg at home to Napoli could be his last game in charge of the team.

Setien, 61, saw his side surrender the Spanish title to Real Madrid last month, while the tie with Napoli is on a knife edge after the 1-1 draw in Italy back in February. Barca's desperation to win a first European crown since 2015 led to them sacking Ernesto Valverde in January. But the coach said he did not think his future hinged on the game.

"At no point has the thought this could be my last game passed through my head, we have prepared this game thinking that me and my coaching staff are going to continue," said Setien.

Barca will be without Sergio Busquets and Arturo Vidal but recover Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong, plus defenders Clement Lenglet and Ronald Araujo.

Ousmane Dembele, however, is still out despite returning to training after six months away.

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