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Thomas Tuchel Gives Injury Update Ahead Of Newcastle Clash

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Chelsea return to action in the league tomorrow as they travel north to take on Newcastle United, with Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner both remaining out of action due to injury and Christian Pulisic also not in contention for a game which comes too soon after his return to training.

 

With those attacking players unavailable, our head coach says it is more important than ever that the rest of our squad continue to contribute goals from other areas.

‘I’m not so much into these numbers but it’s nice to hear,’ said Tuchel. ‘Now we have to compensate for the loss of Romelu and Timo and, of course, we could score before with different goal scorers, but now it’s even more necessary that we arrive in dangerous positions, that we arrive in the box with a lot of players.

 

‘It’s important that we bring bodies to the opponents’ box, that we are brave enough, free enough to end our attacks with enough people in the box to increase the chance to score. This is what we want and this is maybe the reason for it.’

However, he still feels the focus needs to be on our strikers scoring goals, especially when Lukaku and Werner return, meaning he hopes that a more attacking player tops our goals chart at the end of 2021/22, after Jorginho took that honour last season.

‘In the end we hope that it will not be Jorgi at the end of the season that is our top scorer. Not again!

‘We like him a lot and it’s no offence to him, but we hope that it is our main attacking guys and our strikers who are the guys that score regularly and we can create and provide chances for them. This is what we want and still it is good that we are dangerous from several positions, we are dangerous from set-pieces, and that is what we want.’

Thomas Tuchel: “It’s on us to challenge Liverpool and Man City”

Blues manager Thomas Tuchel addresses the Premier League title race and says the onus is on his side to meet the level Liverpool and Man City have set in recent seasons.

Tuchel also discussed one potential difficulty of facing Newcastle at St James’ Park, as the club rides a wave of optimism following their recent high-profile takeover by new owners with much larger resources.

‘I cannot predict it, but things have changed for them, obviously, and maybe changed in the dressing room and maybe in the spirit within the club and the belief of the city and the belief of the supporters about what’s coming. Maybe that affects the atmosphere in the stadium for them and, of course, for us.

‘Newcastle will try to put out their best performance, the spectators will try to help, but we are responsible for us, to set new standards and at least to meet our standards of what we demand. We expect a tough game, this cannot be a surprise because we play in the Premier League and come to a very emotional and big club. That’s what we’re looking for and we need to be on our best level tomorrow to have a chance to catch the three points because we’re out for the three points.’

Another difficulty Tuchel and his staff are facing in preparing for this match is how hard it will be to predict how our opponents will play, given the recent departure of manager Steve Bruce and the fact his interim replacement Graeme Jones will be taking charge of his first home fixture on Saturday.

That also left the German pondering whether this could be a good time to face the Magpies, as they adjust in a transition period, or the complete opposite as the whole club receives a boost from a potential fresh start.

‘We’ll find a lot of reasons for both arguments, so maybe it’s best not to reflect on it. They have a new energy in the city and a new energy in the club from the announcement of the takeover.

‘They decided now to change the manager and his is what we have to deal with and what we have to overcome. It’s a little bit more difficult to analyse them because we have only one match with the current manager to look at.

‘We’re not 100 per cent sure what to expect and all of this ends with the same conclusion – focus on us, focus on our limits, focus on our standards and push ourselves to the limits. If it’s easier or harder, it’s a question we cannot answer and we don’t want to answer.’

 

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