Pulisic and Thiago Silva to miss Southampton game

Chelsea Head Coach Thomas Tuchel confirmed Thiago Silva and Christian Pulisic are likely to miss the trip to Southampton as the Blues try to continue their unbeaten run under the German. The American picked up a calf injury in the training, and is expected to be available for the Champions League tie against Atletico Madrid

Chelsea have picked up 13 points from a possible 15 to push themselves into the top four. Speaking ahead of their trip to Southampton, Thomas Tuchel answered questions on injuries, Pulisic, Ziyech, and Chelsea’s progress.

On Christian Pulisic’s latest injury

We are not concerned or worried but the medical department is on that. Now we have some little issues in the calf and he stopped training yesterday before it became an injury so I would not say that it is an injury at the moment. It’s risk management that relates to his history of having injuries so we do not want to enter in the same cycle.”

It’s sometimes like this and the main thing for Christian is to stay positive, keep his head up and be ready because he can have a big impact when he starts and he can have a big impact when he comes from the bench with his intensity.”

Chelsea bought Christian for a reason, for his quality and his potential so it’s our job to bring out the best in him. He proved in many weeks that he has the level to be a Chelsea regular player, to have a big impact at this club and it’s a challenge now to maintain the level and to keep improving.”

On injuries

Tammy feels very good. He is free for training today and, if things go well, he’s in the squad. Kai Havertz has been training as well and will join us at Southampton.”

On Chelsea’s progress

When we played against Tottenham it was a big, big game and we did our stuff right. We were brave enough to play our game and impose our style on to the opponents and this is what we want – to play the same game no matter who’s on the other side.

Sometimes it feels super difficult to play Barnsley, a second league team, but on this day it was the hardest team to beat because it’s always like this in football so the challenge now is to be ready tomorrow.”

On lack of minutes for Ziyech

It is my fault he is not playing much at the moment that I have picked Mason, Callum and Pulisic sometimes. These are hard decisions to make but it is a good thing because it means we have quality.”

There are some decisions for other players that means Hakim suffers at the moment. I can understand so it is my responsibility in this case that he cannot show more. When I look at the rhythm and schedule for the next days I am sure we will need all of our players.”

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