Tuchel is happy with the Blues’ performance despite the injuries

Sun 26 December 2021 | 21:40

Chelsea manager has been satisfied with his players but he is worried about Kante and Silva’s injuries.



3-1 victory, which was gained in a game that they were behind at first, their manager

Thomas Tuchel

talked about their performance, insisting that they had a very good response to the goal that they conceded.

But the game didn’t end without bad news for the Blues as they saw

Thiago Silva

get injured in a situation that their French midfielder


had already been sidelined for injury.

Tuchel told BBC Sport:

"We showed a very good reaction after their goal. The own goal made things super complicated. The reaction was very good. We defended strong and did not allow big chances. It was a deserved win but hard work.

"We have concerns for injured players. We let Callum Hudson-Odoi play 90 minutes after COVID. Thiago Silva got injured. N'Golo Kante is injured. Mateo Kovacic is playing after injury and COVID without any preparation and training.

"We're just filling holes where we can fill them. We play teams without international duties. Five changes were invented because of COVID.

"Now we're in the middle of COVID and some teams are having games postponed and others aren't. Three changes are a big disadvantage."

The high-profile manager also talked about


, who entered the field in the second half and showed an impressive performance against

Aston Villa

, which has been one of his favorite opponents.

"No, I was not aware of [Lukaku's excellent] record against Villa,"

he continued.

"I should have known this before. We decided at half-time to have a bit more threat and create more problems.

"I was happy he was involved. He was the game-changer today. We took a lot of risks – 45 minutes was more than the medical department recommended. Who knows if it's the right thing to do?"

source: SportMob

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