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Thomas Tuchel admits worry over Chelsea team ahead of Atletico Madrid Champions League clash


Thomas Tuchel will be without Mason Mount on Wednesday (Picture: Getty Images)

Thomas Tuchel admits that the absence of Mason Mount and Jorginho on Wednesday night against Atletico Madrid is a worry, but has backed the rest of his squad to step up and fill their boots in the goal-scoring stakes.

Both Mount and Jorginho are suspended for the second leg at Stamford Bridge after the Blues picked up an impressive 1-0 win away in Madrid in the first match.

Although not renowned for their goal-scoring, Mount and Jorginho have been the most prolific Chelsea players under the Tuchel reign so far, netting three times each.

The pair have scored six of just 13 goals in the 12 games the German has been in charge of, so it is no surprise that Tuchel expects to feel their loss.

He will also be without the injured duo of Thiago Silva and Tammy Abraham for the clash, but the manager knows he has a deep squad to choose from and he says the absences just makes selection an easier process, although the loss of Mount and Jorginho is a concern.

‘Yeah, a little bit, of course,’ said Tuchel when asked if missing the midfielders was a worry.

‘Two key players for us. Especially Mason for his offensive skills, his power offensive-wise to break the lines with dribbling and shots.

‘They were important players so far and we have a group which we compete with in this competition and so now is the challenge to adapt and find solutions because it’s obvious we need to play without those two guys.

‘We also need to play without Thiago Silva and without Tammy Abraham. No more injuries, so we miss four players. That makes the selection easy. We have a clear idea of what we want to do and how we want to create chances. But we are very aware that Atletico is one of the teams that gives away the fewest chances in all of Europe.

‘It’s very likely that we have to be patient and play with intensity at the same time. Keeping this level constantly going is the key for tomorrow.’

Tuchel also confirmed that Thiago Silva and Abraham will be back in action after the international break, so will sit out the Champions League clash and the Premier League meeting with Sheffield United on Sunday.


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