FA CUP: Chelsea Team News, Covid19 Recoveries Etc
Injury and illness mean Thomas Tuchel is likely to draw on his extended squad including youngsters for this tie against the National League leaders.
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Late positive Covid tests ruled N’Golo Kante and Thiago Silva out of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final, in which scorer Kai Havertz broke a finger and Cesar Azpilicueta cramped up.
A comfortable victory was secured nonetheless, and achieved with a change of system from 3-4-3 to 4-4-2 that left Tottenham outnumbered in midfield and outplayed everywhere.
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The Bavarian may aim to rest key players ahead of Wednesday’s second leg and the showdown at Man City three days later. That may mean a debut for goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli, and run-outs for the likes of Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Malang Sarr, Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, and Saul, whose midweek performance was his best yet in royal blue.
This may well be a game for youth too, especially with five replacements allowed. The Carabao Cup quarter-final at Brentford notched up the 50th senior debut for an Academy graduate in the Roman Abramovich era, and Xavier Simons, Jude Soonsup-Bell, and Harvey Vale (who came off the bench on Wednesday) showed Thomas Tuchel they are ready to make the step up.
Our Under-21s have already had a successful foray into men’s football this season in the EFL Trophy, emerging unbeaten from four group stage games away from home against teams from one or two tiers above Chesterfield. (The youngsters face their Arsenal counterparts in the first knockout round on Tuesday.)JAMB Result