Chelsea's request to put off Wolves fixture denied, despite COVID concerns
- Thomas Tuchel angry that Chelsea's request to postpone match was rejected.
- The increasing COVID cases has led to 6 matches out of 10 being cancelled this week.
- Lukaku, Callum-Hudson, and Werner have all tested positive.
Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel has expressed his anger when a request to put off the current fixture against Wolverhampton Wanderers was denied, despite valid concerns about the coronavirus infections.
The Premier League fixture will continue as scheduled, which Tuchel has not been able to make sense of. The German boss already confirmed seven positive cases in the club, and highlighted how six of the ten games scheduled this week have been put off to a later date.
He exclaimed, "We were made to be in the bus and travel together for three hours, were in meetings together, in dinner and lunch - and the situation does not feel like it will stop. We end up with players who play coming from injuries and we take the risk. I am worried from a medical point of view, we have had four days of consecutive positive tests. How will it stop if we are in a bus together and in meetings together? We are disappointed, we are a bit angry."
With things staying their course, Chelsea will front a squad lacking Romelu Lukaku, Callum-Hudson-Odoi, and Timo Werner, who have all contracted the coronavirus. Thus, the Stamford Bridge club has had some difficulties naming four outfield players for their bench. Currently, Mateo Kovacic is among them, and he has been out for the last 11 games.
Tuchel and his squad had applied for a postponement till the situation was brought under control. Now that it has been rejected, Chelsea plans to let N'Golo Kante start the game. The prolific interceptor is just coming out of a knee injury, and this marks his first appearance after a brief spell off-field.
Undoubtedly, if the fixture were set for another date, the boys in blue would have some time to regroup, but Chelsea has been known to pull off bigger feats under more dire circumstances.