Chelsea look for a seventh win on the bounce in tomorrow’s Premier League match against Burnley at Stamford Bridge, and will do so once again with a handful of players missing in action.
Joining the previously sidelined trio of Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner, and Mateo Kovacic — all of whom might be back after the international break, though that’s just an assumption — is left back Marcos Alonso, who apparently hurt himself in Tuesday’s game and was unable to take training the rest of the week.
Meanwhile, Mason Mount, whose “illness” turns out to have been a tooth infection (did he and Christensen get a two-for-one discount or something?) may not be fully fit either.
“No news on the match tomorrow for Romelu and Timo. Both are out. Christian Pulisic is with the group. Marcos Alonso and Mateo Kovacic are out. Marcos injured himself in the very last minute of the Malmo match, he tried to come out for training but the stress is too high on the ankle. Nothing big but too painful at the moment.”
“[For Lukaku] we have the international break now and then we will be more clear. We will see what is going on during the second week of the international break.”
“Mason was ill but the reason was his wisdom tooth, this was the reason for the feeling, a bit of an infection. He was back in training and lost a bit of weight as he couldn’t eat properly. He takes medication and let’s see. He is in the squad for tomorrow, can play some minutes, but we will need to wait for the reaction because it seems proper treatment has to be done.”
All these injuries have come at a somewhat decent time — not that there is ever a decent time for injuries — with the schedule relatively easy and the team able to navigate it without too much trouble (outside of the Brentford match). More of the same will be expected against relegation-threatened Burnley, though they are quite unlikely to make it easy for us.
As usual, we will need all the focus we can muster, just as we’ve shown throughout this run of matches where we’ve lived up to our billing as favorites — not always an easy task!
“We demand a lot in the moment and it’s important to demand it from ourselves. We expect a tough match, a tough opponent, that is short on points but not performance. Burnley play and intense and strong game, they have a courageous approach. So we need to be at our best level to come up with solutions and match the intensity they bring into the games.
“[When] the game arrives, you need a mix to enjoy the moment, feel free, to be creative and courageous in the game. But you also have to be aware of what’s coming, how hard it will be, and that you need full focus.”
-Thomas Tuchel; source: Football.London
Chelsea enter the weekend with a three-point gap at the top of the table. It’s not quite time to “take it one game at a time” just yet, but fate is already in our hands.