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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel heavily rotated his squad for the London derby clash against Arsenal, as he made seven changes to the team that defeated Manchester City.
The likes of N’Golo Kante and Antonio Rudiger were given rests for the game against the Gunners, and many would have thought that the Blues boss has his eyes focused on the FA Cup final with Leicester City.
After the game, Tuchel explained that he tried to manage his squad to reduce the risk of injury as he admitted that he left out Kante from the squad because he was suffering from an Achilles problem.
“N’Golo was [left out] for pain management,” Tuchel told Chelsea TV.
“He has pain in the Achilles and he suffers from that, so there was no chance [that he could play against Arsenal].
“We miss [Mateo] Kovacic, we didn’t have N’Golo on the bench. This is a huge blow for us in terms of intensity and attitude.
“For Toni [Antonio Rudiger], it was an overload and risks of injury. We already lost Andreas Christensen, so there was no chance I take this risk now to have two central defenders out, that was the point. Same for Timo Werner.”