Chelsea will be aiming to continue their momentum run of form by extend their unbeaten run under Thomas Tuchel to 15 matches when they lock horns with West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
The Blues head into the game hoping of secure their top-four spot, as they face pressure from a host of teams, including Everton, West Ham United and Liverpool in league standings.
Heading into the game, there is mix of changes, with several of the Blues’ key players featured regularly for their countries over the past ten days. Players like Kai Havertz, Mason Mount, Reece James are expected to give a break ahead of midweek clash against Porto.
And ahead of latest fixture against the Baggies, Thomas Tuchel & co. have handed major boost concerning the situation regarding Thiago Silva and Tammy Abraham injuries problem but N’Golo Kante remains doubt for games.
Thiago Silva and Tammy Abraham are long term injury absentees, but both have resumed full training. The pair will likely be eased back into action when the Blues play hosts to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday afternoon.
N’Golo Kante, who early left France camp due to a minor issue with his left hamstring last week, doubt for games and even Blues boss Thomas Tuchel has confirmed the Frenchman will missed next week clash against Porto.
‘Everybody was in training today, except N’Golo Kante who was doing individual work. ‘Tuchel said, addressing team news. ‘Everybody else was out on the pitch and that’s good news.’
Asked whether Kante would miss their Champions League quarter-final against Porto on Wednesday, Tuchel said: Yes, probably. He is doing individual training and tomorrow the game and he can’t be with the squad.
‘Then we have just three days to prepare. We have a muscle injury, as we communicated with the national team. So my realistic approach is to think about Porto, maybe the second game against Porto.’
Meanwhile, Thomas Tuchel remained coy over Chelsea’s interest in both Sergio Aguero and Erling Haaland, amid transfer links to Stamford Bridge.
Haaland, who made a sensational impact since arriving from RB Salzburg in January 2020, scoring 49 goals in 49 appearances for the Bundesliga side.
His impressive performance attracted interest from Europe’s most elite clubs, with including Chelsea and Barcelona. Haaland’s agent, Mino Raiola, was reportedly in Spain on Thursday to hold talks over a potential summer switch with both Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Mundo Deportivo claim the super agent was due to travel to London on Good Friday to also hold talks with Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City.
And regarding his link to Stamford Bridge, Thomas Tuchel remained coy when ask about the situation: ‘I will not answer that, out of respect for the player and for Borussia Dortmund,’ he said.
‘He’s a Borussia Dortmund player, and of course there’s big news around him and his agent. And it seems like they are creating a race for the player. But still everybody needs to accept, and I will fully accept, that he is a Borussia Dortmund player.
‘A very promising player of course, but with respect to the situation he’s not in our squad, he’s not in our club so there’s no comment on anything else regarding him Haaland.’
City hitman Sergio Aguero, who announced his departure from Etihad stadium at the end of the season, also heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, with reports by Daily Mail claimed the morning that the Argentine want to stay in England and Chelsea are sit in pole position to land superstar striker this summer on a free transfer.
Thomas Tuchel’s stance on one of the Premier League’s finest strikers was identical to that of Haaland.
‘It is the same answer as for Haaland,’ he said. We have full respect for Manchester City and for Sergio Aguero, who is a big player for them. There are no words needed from me about the achievements of this guy, he is a world-class player.
‘But don’t forget, we compete in three competitions for Manchester City so I will never speak about their players and talk about a player’s future. It’s their player and I expect they do the same with our players.
‘We are rivals and, like I said, there are no words need from me to praise Sergio Aguero’s career. It is outstanding and speaks for itself. And it’s not finished yet. He is still a player for City and will still help them to achieve their goals, which is a big collision to our goals because we are following the same things.’