Thomas Tuchel has revealed that Andreas Christensen will travel to the Midlands for our final Premier League game of the season, though there are doubts over two midfielders…
The Blues take on Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon with a third-place finish in our hands, even if Liverpool and Leicester City are waiting for a slip-up.
In his pre-match press conference, the Chelsea head coach was asked for a team news update ahead of the game and discussed the fitness of Christensen, as well as N’Golo Kante and Kai Havertz.
The Dane has not featuring since limping off late in the first half at the Etihad at the start of the month, while Kante did the same against Leicester in midweek. Havertz, meanwhile, missed the Foxes clash altogether after playing the last 15 minutes of the FA Cup final.
‘Andreas Christensen will be in the squad,’ said Tuchel. ‘He did full training today and also yesterday without any problems so he will be back.
‘Kai Havertz did a test today and will be in team training tomorrow.
‘With N’Golo, it’s going to be very close but still some hopes that he maybe joins team training tomorrow. If not, then he will join on Monday.’
One player who was heavily involved in Tuesday’s crucial victory against Leicester was Timo Werner, who had two goals disallowed and won the decisive penalty.
The German received plenty of support from the returning Stamford Bridge faithful and Tuchel believes a familiarity with his surroundings stands the striker in good stead for next season and beyond.
‘He is still young and can still improve,’ explained the boss. ‘This is what we demand from him, not only week by week but also when there will be a bit of time to reflect and rest for him.
‘I am sure that he can take the next steps. Next year he is not new anymore, he knows where he’s coming back to, he knows the environment and his team-mates, he knows what he’s up against and how to adapt and this will help him. We try to push the process right now because we need him.’
Tuchel also pointed out that, unlike many of his striking contemporaries, Werner does not take penalties for the Blues and this should be factored in to any comparisons being made.
If Jorginho’s converted spot-kicks were added to Werner’s tally this term, the 25-year-old would be up to 20 goals for the season.
‘Don’t forget that many goalscorers in Europe shoot penalties for their teams,’ added Tuchel. ‘It’s very common that they reach these high numbers with penalties.
‘If you add the penalties that we had to his numbers maybe everybody would be absolutely delighted with his first year.’