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Chelsea boss was very sad about the rejection of the match postponement against Wolves which ended the goalless draw on Sunday after seven blues players positive to covid-19.

The Blues arrive at Molineux with several players missing through injury and covid, with Tuchel left frustrated that the game goes ahead as planned when the security and health of his squad are currently at major risk.

With more and more players returning positive covid tests over the past few days, Tuchel believed there was a strong case to call off the fixture.

‘Yes, we did ask to postpone the game,’ Tuchel confirmed when speaking ahead of kick-off.

‘We thought we had a strong case [to postpone the game] regarding the security and the health of the players.

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‘We have seven positive cases and every single day, we’ve had another positive case coming in. We travelled together for three hours on the bus, we are in meetings together, we have lunch and dinners together. The situation does not feel like it will stop.

‘We applied to not play this game and to try and have some time to get the situation under control but it was rejected. It’s very hard for us to understand this but it doesn’t matter because this is the outcome.

‘We are very concerned about the health of our players. We left Kai [Havertz] out against Everton even though he was negative, we sent Jorginho home even though he was also a negative test so we can protect the health of our players.

The Blues arriving at Molineux earlier

‘Because of this, we are now in a position where we are having to play players either from the start or on the bench who have only just come back from injury or from covid. We have to take this risk now.

‘We play N’Golo Kante and Trevoh Chalobah from the start today and this is a huge risk because they are both not long back from injury. So we hope today goes well.

‘From a medical point of view, I’m very worried because we have had four consecutive days of positive tests in the squad.

‘How will this stop if we carry on and pretend it’s not happening? This is my opinion and it’s the medical opinion but it’s not the opinion of the Premier League, so we have to play.’

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