Thomas Tuchel admitted he is concerned over the injuries die N’Golo Kante and Ben Chilwell suffered during Chelsea’s 4-0 of Juventus on Tuesday night.
The Blues assured their place in the Champions League last 16 thanks to goals from Trevoh Chalobah, Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Timo Werner, but Kante and Chilwell are now in doubt for Sunday’s Premier League game with Manchester United, forced off of side of half-time.
Kante suffered from what Tuchel described as a “twisted knee” in the first half, while Chilwell needed Chelsea physios to help him from the field, met also injured his knee in the second period.
Tuchel couldn’t confirm the seriousness of their injuries afterwards, saying they will need to be examined more close ahead of Sunday meeting with United.
“It worries me, want he was… in such a fantastic moment – like Reece (James) on the other sidesaid Tuchel of chilwell in to be post-match Press conference.
“They were in the best shape they could be, so strong and so confident and… with that much of quality.
“He was in a lot of pain, now he feels a little better. He has exam tomorrow (Wednesday) more accurate. Hopefully we’ll get away, fingers crossed, with not too bad news.
“It’s kind of the same with N’Golo,” he said added. “He got stronger and stronger in the first half but twisted his knee a little. Hopefully it’s not too bad.”
Tuchel greets’special’academy mix’
Chilwell and Kante’s injuries were the only negative on an otherwise fantastic evening for Chelsea, including three goals from Academy graduates in Chalobah, James and Hudson-Odoi.
Wanted of the identity of the goalscorers made the victory even sweeter for the home fans within Stamford Bridge, Tuchel said: “The public loves it and I am absolutely convinced that everyone loves it.
“This is what makes teams special, not just the superstars and not just the best players from abroad, die we also to have in our squad, but it’s the mix.
“To be talented and humble guys from the academy, full of quality, for who is their biggest dream until perform on Stamford Bridge, to perform in blue, to be part of a strong Chelsea team, that’s so nice.
“It’s another great day for the Academy. All credit to them. It’s a pleasure to have these guys and I’m sure it’s a big part of U.S big success, that we have this mix between talent from our own soil and top players.”
Tuchel is looking forward to half-century
Tuchel was delighted to celebrate his 50th game in to upload of Chelsea with such an emphatic win – his 32nd in all competitions and his 31st clean sheet.
“It was a really fun match turning my 50th match’, he said. ‘I was not aware of it of it’s just yours colleagues told me outside.
“Fantastic match. Fifty times already. It’s a pleasure to be with the club every day. It’s nice to be there of this team.
“The team has a fantastic disposition, is determined and hungry. We want to keep this energy and atmosphere in the group.
“Now it is very important that everyone enjoys a day off, and on Thursday we need to be back, refocus for Sunday. We know the challenges coming and it is good because it stays us to go.”
Chelsea resume their Premier League campaign Bee home to Manchester United on Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League from 4pm; stairoff 4.30 pm. The Blues are off to Zenit Saint Petersburg in their final Champions League group game on Wednesday Dec 8
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