One mistake is allowed, more of them means farewell to the champion's ambitions. And Chelsea has won only two of the last six Premier League games, which is why they are already eight points behind Manchester City at the beginning of the second round of the competition.
It seemed that the Blues were moving forward, but Dany Welbeck prevented them from winning against Brighton (1: 1) with a goal in the 91st minute at Stamford Bridge, which is only one part of the problem. "We have no more defenders/wings.
Everyone is hurt. Some footballers return after isolation due to COVID. We are constantly playing, playing, and just playing." I will always protect my players. We have to overcome this situation and look ahead ", it seems that Thomas Tuchel also puts the health of football players in the forefront, ahead of competitive ambitions.
The coach of the European champion agrees with the opinion of the majority of the public that his team, at least at this moment, does not have the capacity to fight equally with the current champion. “How do we race? We have seven COVID cases on the team.
In addition, five or six others were injured for a month and a half. How to compete for the championship title in such conditions?" "All the others, who have all the players at their disposal, have the power to go through the championship intact.
We would be stupid to think that we are candidates for the title in conditions of injuries and COVID and that we are constantly playing. We can't do that without 23 completely healthy players. "
Chelsea has played as many as four games in the past ten days.
Three in the fight for points and one in the League Cup. All this in a situation when COVID entered the club, and the Premier League remained of the opinion that matches should not be postponed if the clubs have a sufficient number of healthy players.
"This is the reality. We need to adapt. Of course, we can play better, but for something like that we need complete staff available from week to week. And for us, only against Brighton, Reece James (backbox) and Andreas Christensen (back) dropped out.
" The other day it was found out that the season is over for Ben Chilwell due to injury, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Ruben Loftus Cheek were injured ... "It's not a problem in the schedule, but in the circumstances.
Of course, we are used to playing two or three games a week, my players like to be constantly in action, it is not a problem for them to be on the field every hour, but there is trouble in the circumstances that follow them."
"Due to COVID, literally every day one football player falls out of line. That is why we have to deal with uncertainty. That is not fear, but insecurity ", added Tomas Tuchel.