Chelsea are and not using a recognised striker after Thomas Tuchel confirmed Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner will each miss “some matches” after their accidents in opposition to Malmo.
The pair have been each pressured off earlier than half-time in Chelsea’s 4-0 Champions League win on Wednesday evening, with Lukaku the sufferer of a horror problem from Lasse Nielsen earlier than Werner pulled up off the ball clutching his hamstring.
Of their absence, the makeshift strike pairing of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Kai Havertz made their very own case for beginning in Chelsea’s subsequent sport with Norwich on Saturday lunchtime, combining for the Blues’ third which was assuredly slotted dwelling by the German.
With 5 video games to come back over the subsequent 17 days Tuchel will probably be glad the Blues’ opponents don’t embody a facet within the prime half of the Premier League and in Europe, the one crew they may face is a return sport in opposition to Wednesday’s crushed opponents Malmo.
Having informed reporters on Tuesday Lukaku was mentally and physically fatigued having been “overplayed” on international duty, Tuchel stated he didn’t remorse beginning the Belgian in opposition to a facet Chelsea had been roundly anticipated to beat forward of kick-off.
“If I knew earlier than I would not have executed it. However you’ll be able to’t realize it earlier than and it was needed that he was on the pitch and he began very sturdy,” he stated. “I spoke with him concerning the state of affairs, that I feel he carries a little bit of psychological fatigue round with him. I feel that can be regular however he’s our quantity 9 and is our reference upfront.
“It is not a muscle harm or due to bodily fatigue. He’s a bit bit overplayed, that is my opinion and possibly I am not even proper. However this was a second to offer him confidence and let him play. I do not remorse it, issues like this may occur. It was dangerous luck.
“Romelu twisted his ankle with the foul within the field and Timo has a hamstring harm. It can take some time for each of them. We want extra examinations to be extra exact however they are going to be out for some matches.”
Regardless of the relative energy of their opponents and Chelsea’s busy schedule, Tuchel’s line-up to face Malmo was not far off his strongest and after their disappointing defeat in Juventus of their earlier European encounter, the top coach emphasised the significance of each sport within the competitors because the Blues look to retain their crown.
He stated: “We take the video games step-by-step, there isn’t any extra essential sport than the sport we play on today. Jorgi [Jorginho] did not play in opposition to Brentford, we went with Ruben (Loftus-Cheek) who was there in the course of the worldwide break.
“The fellows on the pitch deserve to begin, there are not any presents or resting gamers as a result of the subsequent sport is extra essential. We choose the very best line-up in our perception to have the very best likelihood to beat Brentford after which we choose the very best line-up on today to beat whoever arrives in a Champions League match.”
Hudson-Odoi and Havertz operated as a strike pairing for the primary time of their careers, with early indicators of chemistry constructing between the 2 evident within the method of Chelsea’s third aim. Hudson-Odoi drove from midfield earlier than discovering Havertz’s run with a wonderful by ball which he fired dwelling in type.
Tuchel stated: “At all times, at all times an opportunity and it’s at all times essential to show a degree. They’ll show a degree now so we may have some video games with out Romelu and Timo so everyone seems to be invited to affix the race for minutes on the pitch.
“When they’re on the pitch, they should present their starvation and dedication to be decisive and be within the field.
“That is how it’s they usually did it immediately however there’s nonetheless room to enhance and on Saturday we want the identical starvation and dedication from whoever begins for us as a result of we want objectives to win matches. We have to discover options with out Romelu and Timo, that is clear. Everybody will be a part of the race to be decisive for us.”