After a successful outing against Newcastle United on Saturday, which helped us open a three-point lead at the top of the Premier League table, the focus now shifts to the Champions League group stages. We are halfway through those six games, as we begin the second set of fixtures with the easiest of the lot (at least on paper) tomorrow in Malmö.
There was good and bad news delivered by Thomas Tuchel in his fitness update earlier today. While Christian Pulisic is set to return to the matchday squad after a two-month absence, Timo Werner, Romelu Lukaku and Mateo Kovacic continue to recover from their injuries. Mason Mount is also set to miss out as he’s still suffering from the (non-COVID) illness that forced him to miss our last match as well.
"Yes, these players are all still out. For Timo, Romelu and Kova no surprise.
“For Mason, he does not feel better. To stop any speculation, it’s not COVID. He’s negative for COVID. He’s just ill and doesn’t feel good enough to take part in training or make the trip to Malmö.
“The good news is that Christian Pulisic is back and back in the squad for tomorrow.”
Chelsea are set to kick off a couple of hours earlier than Juventus, who host Zenit in Turin, and will be aiming to put pressure on the Group H table-toppers with a win. The Old Lady are three points clear at the moment, which puts the onus on us to get a positive result.
Tuchel is confident that his team will take to task with the same strong intent that we’ve been building on the back of impressive performances, including several lopsided victories against the likes of Norwich City and Newcastle United.
“We are in a good place. I feel the group knows why we are in a good place, we know what it takes to have these kind of results, and we know what effort we put into it. We know what we have to do and this makes us confident.
“At the same time, it sets the standards that we set in every match that arrives. So we start from scratch. It’s a Champions League away game and we want to win. We are self-confident enough to say it and we know what it takes. It’s for us to deliver.”
-Thomas Tuchel; source: Football.London
Now it’s up to the players to show the same confidence that the coach has in them.
Let's win this!