Tuchel explains why he dropped Kovacic and Malang Sarr against Brighton

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has admitted that he has one eye on Sunday’s match against Tottenham Hotspur while explaining Matteo Kovacic’s absence for Tuesday’s Brighton clash.

The midfielder has been in brilliant form this season but was dropped to the bench with Jorginho starting instead.

Speaking ahead of the game, Tuchel said: “We have to be a little bit cautious with Kova. We don’t want to overuse him. He’s played a lot after injury and maybe we rushed him back a little bit for all these matches.

“Of course, he’s very strong and was happy to play but we have to be careful. As we have Jorgi and N’Golo back, we thought we didn’t need to take any risks with him and we could save him for this game – especially with another big game coming up on Sunday.

“Malang Sarr has had four or five games in a row and again it’s just about saving his load a little because we expect an intense game tonight against Brighton.”

The title race is now over for the Blues after Tuesday’s 1-1 draw against Brighton. Chelsea are now 12 points behind Manchester City with the league leaders having played a game less.

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