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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is in a position no manager wants to be in, as many of his first team squad are out due to Covid, injuries or not match fit having just returned from injuries.
However, the Premier League authorities have insisted that Chelsea’s games must go on, and it has seen the manager play out a weakened squad.
Tuchel has remained defiant despite Chelsea’s current situation, and the German has revealed how he chooses his player to play games when they could obviously not be too ready.
“I don’t say I am going to put you in. I ask the players how do you feel. We’re talking here,” he explains.
“Who am I to say you play? If the player is not ready to play he does not play. We’re discussing here every single player, how many minutes do we think, what did he do in training.
“Of course it’s a calculated risk but it is a risk. In an ideal world N’Golo would not have started [at Wolves] and for sure not 90 minutes. In an ideal world Kova would have done training at Cobham but with every single central midfielder out, it was a choice to take and with every single striker out, there’s another choice to take.
“It’s like this and with other defenders out, you have to overuse some players to be competitive. Nobody needs to cry for us. It’s just the situation.”