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Thomas Tuchel Sends Strong Message to Chelsea Squad following Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner Injuries

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Thomas Tuchel has told his Chelsea squad to man up following the injuries to attacking pair Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner.

Both Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner came off in the first half during the 4-0 cruise past Malmo in the Champions League on Wednesday night following ankle and hamstring problems, respectively. 

Tuchel verified they are now set to miss several games which leaves the responsibility of the goals to be shared around the team, albeit Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner have only provided a joint total of six goals in all competitions for Chelsea this season.

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Timo Werner was injured during the 4-0 thrashing of Malmo on Wednesday evening

“We need more examinations to be more precise but they will be out for some matches,” said Tuchel on the extent of the injuries at full time. 

With the pair out of action, it will now give many the prospect of being handed opportunities for a run of games in the side to prove themselves to the German. 

That’s what Tuchel craves and needs in the coming games, with Chelsea facing Norwich City in their next outing as they sit at the top of the Premier League.

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Romelu Lukaku was taken pff in first half during the 4-0 cruise of Malmo in the Champions League Group state on Wednesday

“The guys who waited for the chance need to prove that they can do the same thing,” Tuchel told BT Sport following the double injury blow. 

“Whoever it might be, the race is on. The guys who start Norwich’s next game have our trust. We will try to find new solutions. Let’s try to stay positive.

“We won games without Timo and Romelu before. We don’t want to have these problems too often. But it happens. It’s during the season, you cannot hide from the fact that these type of things happen.”

 

He expanded in his post-match press conference: “There’s still room to improve and on Saturday we need the same hunger and determination from whoever starts for us because we need goals to win matches.

“We need to find solutions without Romelu and Timo, that’s clear. Everyone will join the race to be decisive for us.”

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