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BRE vs CHE: Thomas Tuchel drafts in U23 and academy players to play against Brentford


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BRE vs CHE: Thomas Tuchel drafts in U23 and academy players to play against Brentford… According to Chelsea’s Boss, Thomas Tuchel says he may be forced to utilize players from the U23s and the academy for Chelsea’s Carabao Cup clash at Brentford, adding he is “sad” that his team are currently unable to compete at the “highest level”.

Chelsea has been hit hard by the recent spike in Covid cases across the Premier League and had seven first-team players ruled out for their 0-0 draw at Wolves on Sunday.

One of those players – Jorginho – is able to return for Wednesday’s quarter-final against Brentford after it was confirmed he had recorded a false positive, but the other six remain absent.

Tuchel says he may have no choice but to call on the club’s inexperienced young players at Brentford.

“They trained with us yesterday and today,” said the head coach. “We made them come for two training sessions because it’s necessary.

“We have to protect our players and that’s why we brought in the academy and we think about playing with them.

“It can happen tomorrow that we prioritize the health – not the game against Aston Villa and do not take any risks with some of our players.

Tuchel said,

Andreas Christensen and Trevoh Chalobah who was injured in a collision with team-mate Thiago Silva at Molineux – are also doubtful for the game at Brentford, while Lewis Baker has become the latest player to test positive for Covid.

“What we did with N’Golo Kante, 90 minutes, was close to being irresponsible,” explained Tuchel. “Will he be involved in the squad against Brentford? No.

Would it be possible if it was the last game of the season? Yes, but we cannot do this and I will not do it. We will now give him time to recover and prepare him for the Aston Villa match.

“To have a team with 13 or 14 players for one match, this is a problem but not a big problem. But from the match we have Trevoh Chalobah injured, we have N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic involved, which was taking a huge risk, and now we are paying for this.

“They cannot just simply start five matches in two weeks – it’s impossible. We cannot let players suffer because other players are not there.”