Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel confirms four key absentees as injuries and Covid rock squad

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that the Blues will be without four key stars as they make the difficult trip to Juventus on Tuesday evening. The Champions League clash sees two European heavyweights come together as Chelsea look to bounce back from their first defeat of the campaign on Saturday. 

Manchester City ran out surprise victors from Stamford Bridge thanks to a dominant 1-0 victory on Saturday lunch-time. 

A Gabriel Jesus goal made all the difference, but Pep Guardiola’s side were mightily impressive in the way they shut down Chelsea from the first whistle. 

It was a damaging blow for Tuchel and his side, given they were building a reputation as potential title favourites after a lightning start. 

They have a chance to get things back on track by beating Juventus on Tuesday, but they will be without key stars Reece James, Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and N’Golo Kante for the encounter. 

He said: “[Juventus] are such a big club. Yes they have had some troubles, a rough start but they were very convincing in the Champions League.

“They are reliable. It is a no-brainer, they demand respect.

“Christian [Pulisic], Reece [James] and Mason [Mount] are out through injury.

“N’Golo [Kante] has tested poisitive for Covid-19.”

The quadruple absence will come as a huge blow for Chelsea, particularly as Kante and James both featured on Saturday against Man City. 

Pulisic and Mount both sat out the tie at Stamford Bridge, so Tuchel having to look elsewhere in his attacking ranks for inspiration is nothing new. 

Players like Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Callum Hudson-Odoi are all capable of filling in and providing goal threat of their own. 

As for Kante’s absence in midfield, Tuchel has an embarrassment of options at his disposal but his industry and energy will surely be missed nonetheless. 

Saul Niguez’s shaky start in Chelsea blue is likely to see him side-lined until an easier opponent comes along to allow him to grow into his new role. 

That could leave space for Mateo Kovacic to continue his strong form alongside Jorginho, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek will also be knocking on the door after getting hints of first-team action in recent weeks. 

Certainly, they are not ideal circumstances for Tuchel and Chelsea to tackle one of Italy’s giants, but they should still fancy themselves to get a result based on their early-season form, despite Saturday’s setback. 

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