Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel is ready to suspend some of his players for the trip to Zenit and has confirm Mateo Kovacic will miss out due to coronavirus.
Chelsea will visit Zenit St Petersburg in Russia in the final match of the Champions League group stage on Wednesday, with Tuchel’s side having qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League. But still have to compete for first place in Group H with Juventus. Who now have 12 equal points, but head-to-head. The navy blue lions are superior. “It’s a great opportunity. But the decision has not yet been made.
Because we just practiced and we work too hard Due to injuries and a packed competitive program But a program is a program. Players can deal with that.”
“Due to injuries in some positions like a central we have to face a problem But tomorrow’s game is not a problem in terms of fighting too hard.” “We have a day off.
There are two good rehearsal schedules. and everyone looks fresh They are ready for tomorrow. We can play anyone from 17 players plus a goalkeeper.” “But the problem is the next game on Saturday. Because we will waste time sleeping until we come back (Fly from Russia) It’s Thursday morning.”
“It is very likely that we will rest some players. and more importantly We will give some players the opportunity to play. And want to call the rhythm in the game”
As for the issue, Kovacic will definitely not be name in the team. because they have tested positive for COVID-19. “He also practiced with a smiling face yesterday. But after today his test results came back positive. And is now quarantine.”
“I know things like this can happen. And I’m not very please Not just as a manager But also as a person. But this is what is really happening right now. We must be ready to adapt and maintain the health and safety of everyone.”