Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel says the club has gone through a difficult time in the wake of rising Covid 19 cases in the camp and other Premier League clubs. 

The German tactician led his side against Wolves in the Premier League on Sunday evening after their request to have the match postponed was rejected.

This followed more positive cases in the team on Sunday morning, leaving the club with only 16 players available for selection at the Molineux Stadium.

Among them were Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante, and Trevoh Chalobah, who were all lacking match fitness following their recent return from various injuries.

“We were struggling with the preparations because we had for several consecutive days positive Covid tests in the team,” said Tuchel.

“Then we travel together for three hours on a bus, we have dinner together and we have another positive test

“Knowing we were sat on the bus with them makes a lot of people concerned, but obviously it was not enough to postpone the match so we had to play. It was anything else but calm,”

The match against Wolves ended in a stalemate, and Tuchel feels they were not fully prepared.

“Normally we focus and there is a reason why we try to focus on games, but this time obviously you cannot expect 100 percent focus. Given the circumstances, I’m very happy with how we reacted, how we played,”

The Blues will be forced to adapt in the coming days, with majority of the Premier League clubs voting to continue with the Christmas schedule as planned.

Chelsea next take on Brentford in the EFL, before a Premier League clash away at Aston Villa on Boxing Day.


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