Chelsea Head Coach Thomas Tuchel admitted his team have the disadvantage of playing away from home in a crucial game on Sunday when compared to their competitors – Liverpool and Leicester City.
With just a game remaining in the season, the final two spots for Champions League qualification are yet to be decided as Chelsea are just a point above Liverpool and Leicester in the table.
Speaking to reporters ahead of their game against Aston Villa, Thomas Tuchel admitted his side have the toughest assignment to play in front of 10000 Villa fans on the last day of the season. The German added “They [Aston Villa supporters] will not be fans for us and they will have the effect for their side. It’s an advantage. It makes things absolutely more difficult, no doubt about it.“
“But it’s so much nicer and such a different game to play with spectators. We know it increases the challenge and increases the adversity, but we are here to step up.”
Tuchel admitted he would have an eye on the scores of Liverpool and Leicester games as all are scheduled for a 4 P.M kickoff. He added “If in the end we have results that have an influence to the amount of risk we should take – because we are not leading or whatever – then we need to know.“
“We need to be professional. I prefer not to know, but if it’s necessary, we need to know to adapt our risk management during the game. I think this is quite normal.”
Tuchel confirmed Andreas Christensen is back in the squad after suffering an injury against Manchester City, while Kante is set to miss the game on Sunday. “Andreas Christensen will be in the squad. He did full training today and also yesterday without any problems, so he will be back.“
“Kai [Havertz] did a test today and will be tested in team training tomorrow. With NG [N’Golo Kante] it’s going to be very close but some hopes that he tries team training tomorrow. If not then he will join on Monday.”
Source: Sky Sports