Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel has stated that his team would be without four players for their Premier League match against Wolves on Saturday. At Stamford Bridge, the likes of N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Callum Hudson-Odoi, and Ben Chilwell are all expected to be benched.
“It comes at an inopportune time for N’Golo,” Tuchel remarked at his pre-match news conference on Friday afternoon. “Jorgi has also been ruled out. It is still unclear if Callum will return, and Ben Chilwell is also out.
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The Blues go to Wolves on Saturday afternoon in an attempt to turn around their disappointing recent fortunes. Just two of Chelsea’s previous six Premier League games have ended in victory, with their most recent setback coming at the hands of relegation-threatened Everton.
Chelsea are now in fourth position, three points ahead of Arsenal, and five points behind Tottenham Hotspur, who are currently in fifth place. Chelsea’s season has evolved into a fight for a spot in the Champions League next season, something they would have preferred to avoid, but their poor record has forced them to accept the situation.
In the words of Chelsea’s head coach, “There are numerous reasons why it is reasonable to reduce intensity or effort, but we are a top sports club, and there is not much space for normal behaviour.” “We need to step up and demonstrate a different response so that we can play better. Start the next day from where you left off.”
The form of Romelu Lukaku has been a source of worry for Chelsea, with the Belgian striker failing to make an appearance in the Blues’ 1-0 loss to Everton last weekend, despite being on the bench. Coach Thomas Tuchel has suggested that the £97.5million transfer might make his Premier League debut against Wolves.
He said: “Always I want him to be an important part. Right now, he is an important part of the squad next season.
“There are no players set to depart or improvements because of the situation. We signed a big player, we still have a big player.
“He didn’t come on because we had three subs and had to use one for Jorgi at half-time [vs Everton]. He trained very well, and he maybe starts tomorrow.”