Aston Villa 1-3 Chelsea: Thomas Tuchel Criticises Schedule And Says His Side Are Struggling

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Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has described the Premier League schedule as “unfair” and stated that his team is “struggling” as a result of additional injuries.

On Sunday, the Blues defeated Aston Villa 3-1, with Romelu Lukaku scoring a goal and winning a penalty on his return from a Covid-19 absence.

Chelsea’s appeal to have their 0-0 draw with Wolves on December 19th overturned by the Premier League was denied.

While 15 top-flight matches have been postponed so far in December, Chelsea were playing their eighth game in all competitions in the month and have Brighton to come at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

Callum Hudson-Odoi and Lukaku have both missed games because of Covid-19, while forwards Kai Havertz and Timo Werner were still absent and defender Thiago Silva and midfielder N’Golo Kante picked up injuries in the win at Villa Park.

“It’s not fair,” added Tuchel. “We’ve all been in bed for 10 days and we play against teams who prepare with games postponed, and who prepare with one week for these matches.

“They make us play all the time, even if we have Covid. We have new injuries and it won’t stop. People at the green table, in offices, make these decisions.

Source: BBC Sport

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