The Blues are hoping to go one better than last year, after they lost to Arsenal in 2020’s Wembley showpiece.
The Chelsea boss confirmed Kepa’s status moments after his side had lost 1-0 to the Gunners in their Premier League clash.
The Spaniard was given the nod ahead of Edouard Mendy on Wednesday, but was unable to stop the only goal of the game following a poor backpass from midfielder Jorginho.
Kepa actually managed to scramble back to his goal and claw the wayward pass off the line, only to find Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Arsenal skipper kept his composure to find Emile Smith Rowe, who scored against the turn that released him as a youngster.
It was the 26-year-old’s 12th start of the season as he and summer signing Mendy compete for the No.1 shirt under Tuchel.
Mendy has played the majority of games in the Premier League and Champions League, while Kepa has been the choice in the FA Cup.
And the Blues boss confirmed he would keep his place for the final against the Foxes and claimed his start against Arsenal was to ensure he was primed and ready to go.
“He starts the cup final and we thought it was a good idea to give him the game before,” Tuchel explained. “We trust him and he deserves it, that is the basis why we put him in the line-up.
“He deserves it. He is so close and good in training. We wanted to give him some minutes and to take both games together. It was an unlucky night for him as well.”
Tuchel started a reasonably strong side at Stamford Bridge, with the likes of Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and Kai Havertz all in from the off.
One surprise omission was N’Golo Kante who wasn’t named in the matchday squad at all.
Speaking after the win, the manager admitted that was down to managing an issue with his Achilles.
“N’Golo [missed the game] because of pain management,” Tuchel told the 5th Stand App after the game.
“He has pain in his Achilles and he suffers from that. So there was no chance. We missed [Mateo] Kovacic and now we didn’t have N’Golo on the bench and that was a huge blow for us in terms of intensity and attitude.”
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