Tuchel names Premier League team
Thomas Tuchel has named his first Premier League team of the season ahead of Chelsea’s opening game against Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.
– Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 14, 2021
Having played in the European Super Cup only three days ago, which was not decided until the penalty shoot-out, it was not surprising that the German coach made several changes.
As such, the removal of Kai Havertz, the injured Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi was perhaps predictable. However, one that worried many Chelsea fans was the complete absence of N’Golo Kante from the day’s squad.
The Frenchman, who has been in incredible form since Tuchel took over, played all 120 minutes against Villareal midweek and is key to Chelsea’s midfield organization.
Kante’s absence explained
However, according to The Athletic’s Chelsea correspondent Simon Johnson, Thomas Tuchel revealed that Kante had “some problems” with the Super Cup match, although no further details were given.
Tuchel said that Kante had some problems with the Super Cup game …
– Simon Johnson (@SJohnsonSport) August 14, 2021
It’s safe to say the news didn’t go well with the Stamford Bridge faithful.
With N’Golo Kante injured and RLC out of the squad, Chelsea do not have a recognized central midfielder on their bench.
Which given that Jorginho is not 100% and Kovacic played 120 minutes on Wednesday, it is not ideal.
– Adam Newson (@AdamNewson) August 14, 2021
Tuchel’s desire for a DM may have increased.
The question now is, with Chalobah’s form, Kante’s injury, RLC’s uncertainty + Kounde’s fees and #CFCThe fight to sell a CB, does the signing of the midfield now have priority?
Many questions, updates 🔜
– Dan McCarthy (@MaccaSport) August 13, 2021
No Kante or Kai or starting. Palace won’t be easy to beat either. I’m glad I have the advantage of playing at home
– Ollie Ferris (@ OllieFerris12) August 14, 2021
Neither Kante nor Havertz. This is going to be painful
-. (@CescAddict) August 14, 2021
With Crystal Palace under new management in the form of Premier League legend Patrick Vieira, an already tough game could have been made much more difficult.
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|Ayling, Luke||Leeds United||1|
|Norgaard, Christian||Brentford fc||1|
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