Thomas Tuchel acknowledges that after losing Mason Mount and Jorginho to suspension, he will have to find alternatives ahead of the second leg of Chelsea’s Champions League Round of 16 ties against Atletico Madrid.
Within the opening 35 seconds of the first leg in Bucharest, Mount was booked and the Blues won 1-0 after taking down Joao Felix.
It was a very cruel decision by referee Felix Brych and meant that for the rest of his time on the pitch, the England international walked a tightrope.
Meanwhile, Jorginho was cautioned for a foul on Felix, too. To halt an Atletico attack, the Italian international was forced to bring down the Portuguese starlet.
For the second leg, which is scheduled to take place at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, March 17, both players will now be unavailable.
And after Chelsea’s win in Romania, Tuchel admitted that he was going to have to find answers to the duo’s absences.
Before the game[there was that risk], he told BT Sport: “We knew. One player, I think Mason, got their yellow card very early, and then, unfortunately, Jorgi made a tactical foul that was unfortunately necessary at that moment.
So we’re going to have to find options, but between now and the second leg, there are a lot of games. We play Manchester United, Liverpool, and so on with Everton. So when it’s time for it, we’ll find a solution.
Thanks to a wonderful overhead kick from Olivier Giroud, who has now scored six times in this season’s Champions League, Chelsea’s first-leg win was secured.”