Race on to replace injured Lukaku and Werner – Tuchel
Following the injuries to Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner, Chelsea FC boss Thomas Tuchel rallied the club’s fringe players on Thursday, stating the race was on for them to establish themselves.
During the first half of Wednesday’s 4-0 home triumph against Malmo FC in UEFA Champions League Group H, Lukaku injured his ankle and Werner injured his hamstring.
Lasse Nielsen’s challenge on Belgium striker Lukaku produced in a penalty kick, which Jorginho easily despatched to add to Andreas Christensen’s opening.
Kai Havertz came in to replace Lukaku and scored Chelsea’s third goal before assisting on another penalty kick for the Blues, which Jorginho converted.
Chelsea has five games in the next 17 days, and Tuchel believes there are no excuses for a drop in form.
That is, unless Lukaku and Werner are forced to sit out for a prolonged period of time.
“Romelu has a twisted ankle, while Timo has a hamstring problem. So, I think they’ll be out for a few days,” Tuchel remarked.
“Normally, we’re in good shape in terms of injuries – we just had Christian Pulisic out.” “However, we miss everyone.” We offer a variety of games and tournaments to participate in. Now it’s up to us to come up with solutions. “No excuses will be accepted.” The two were in good form, dangerous and capable of creating and scoring.
“Now we have to find answers, and the men who have been waiting for their opportunity must come up and demonstrate that they can do the same.” It doesn’t matter who it is; the race is on. We have faith in the players who will start against Norwich in the upcoming game. “Let’s be hopeful. Let’s discover new answers.” We’ve won games without Timo before, and we’ve won games without Romelu before. We don’t want to have these issues all the time, but they do arise over the season.”
Havertz may potentially be in a position to make his Premier League debut against Norwich City on Saturday.
“I came from the bench,” he explained, “and you have to be ready at all times.” Coming in is always difficult, but I gave it my all in the second half to score a goal. As a result, it’s a pleasant sensation.
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