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Zouma and Havertz questionable against Spurs as Tuchel vows to try everything for a win

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Fitness concerns ahead of the London derby

Chelsea Training Session & Press Conference Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

The Tuchel era witnessed its first comprehensive win against Burnley, taking Chelsea to 6 points off fourth placed Leicester City after 21 games.

While Wolves and Burnley aren't serious barometers to judge the effects of the new management, a good performance and three points away at Spurs on Thursday night will surely fill the fans with plenty of confidence about the future.

While Spurs will be missing their talisman Harry Kane, Chelsea have developed a couple of injury issues of their own as Tuchel casts a doubt over the availability of Zouma and Havertz for the London derby.

"We had two little issues today on the training pitch.

"Kurt Zouma and Kai Havertz went off the pitch with little issues. They are checking now, doing images right now, and it’s questionable whether they are in the squad for tomorrow. Everybody else is available."

Mourinho, as Spurs' coach, is yet to chalk up a win against Chelsea in regulation time. While Chelsea went out on penalties against Spurs in the Carabao Cup 4th round, Frank Lampard did the double over Mourinho in the league last season while settling for a draw at the Bridge in the league this season.

These records rarely matter once the referee blows the whistle, but Spurs would certainly be angling to improve their record, with their latest loss against Brighton sure to motivate them to win even more. Tuchel is anticipating a strong challenge from Mourinho's side and will be fielding a team with the intention to win all three points.

"I am very happy to compete with a strong team against his side. I am very happy to arrive with our quality, with our mentality and with the atmosphere we have right now. That’s the most important thing.

"Tottenham are very competitive, and very strong. It will be a challenge. Is it a clash of cultures? I don’t know. Jose is a winner and I want to implement the same in my team. We are at the highest level to win games and we will try everything tomorrow to beat them in their stadium."

- Thomas Tuchel; source: Chelsea FC

Frank Lampard was shown the door after a series of poor results and tactics that just couldn't spark a turnaround in form. What remains unquestionable was his willingness to integrate youth with experienced professionals in the first team.

Tuchel, who has a pretty good record of integrating and improving young players, will be expected to work on the foundations left by Lampard. So far, Tuchel has hit the right notes in the pressers and is showing his willingness to talk the talk by attending youth games, something Chelsea head coaches have been accused of neglecting.

Tuchel particularly speaks about Mason Mount, who is set to prove that he isn't making the first team squad just due to having a good relationship with the former coach, but primarily because he's a player with high quality and potential who leaves his all on the pitch.

"I watched the in-house match of the 18 years olds and they are on a high level. It's a pleasure to work with them because they have the quality and the physical ability to handle the Premier League.

"He [Mount] cares a lot about Chelsea, he cares a lot about his teammates, he is leaving his heart on the pitch. If you train with Mason, he gives 100% every minute and this is the best level to grow. It's the best situation to start and the best situation to become a top, top player.

"He has everything needed to reach higher and higher levels. I don't know where his limits are but right now we will push him and support him.

"What makes me very happy is he is a nice guy, an open guy. He has a positivie aura and energy in the dressing room and it's a real pleasure to work with the whole team and Mason."

- Thomas Tuchel; source:

Let this positive aura and energy bring all three points come Thursday night!