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Chelsea: Thomas Tuchel drafts in U23 and academy players

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Chelsea: Thomas Tuchel

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel revealed he has been forced to use U23 and academy players for Chelsea’s quarter-final against Brentford in the League Cup. Chelsea has been hit badly with the coronavirus outbreak with seven players missing for their goalless draw against Wolves last weekend. Jorginho will be back for the League Cup game while the remaining six will be forced to wait for some time.

“They trained with us yesterday and today,” Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel said. “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. This is totally against our nature but maybe we are forced to do it. It makes me sad because this is not what sport is about and this is not what we are about.”

“We are so competitive – that’s why we work here and that’s why the players signed for Chelsea. We are fighting for every competition,” he added. “I absolutely don’t like judging the importance of games because you can never tell. There is nothing more important than winning, performing together, and fighting together. What we did with N’Golo Kante, 90 minutes, was close to being irresponsible. Will he be involved in the squad against Brentford? No.”

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