Andreas Christensen tests positive for Covid-19

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Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that Andreas Christensen will miss Chelsea’s match with Manchester City on Saturday after testing positive for Covid-19.

The Blues are second in the Premier League table but are already ten points behind raging leaders City, so the importance of a good result this weekend is obvious.

Unfortunately, Chelsea have to tackle the match without Christensen, who is now the latest player to test positive for Covid-19 at Stamford Bridge.

Asked about his team news before the match, Tuchel said: “Trevoh [Chalobah] will be out, Ben Chilwell will be out, Reece James out. That’s the damage.

“We have a positive Covid test with Andreas Christensen, so he is out for the match.”

With both Christensen and Chalobah absent, Tuchel could choose to turn to the 4-4-2 formation that served him well in the Carabao Cup semi-final against Tottenham, or he could bring in Malang Sarr for just his second appearance in the Premier League. season.

It’s not ideal for such a big match, and Tuchel acknowledged that his team could very well be out of the title race if they fall to City on Saturday.

“Maybe,” Tuchel admitted when asked if defeat would put an end to his hopes. “The biggest difference so far this season is that they handled injuries and the Covid situation better.

“Maybe it’s bad luck or they do it better. They have had fewer injuries to key players and fewer weeks where they have missed them. They did not suffer from Covid as we did for many weeks. This is the huge difference.

“We had some draw draws during the season that were unnecessary. If you have the whole squad, you create a certain atmosphere that drives everyone to the edge, and you have to be on the edge at the very highest level if you want to compete with Man City. They are the benchmark.They are the best team in England right now.This is something we have to acknowledge.

“Let’s play the game. I’m always ready for a good fight, but I’m also realistic. If you look back at the last few games, when we have our full squad, when we’re fine, we’re always ready for a good fight with Man City and we will always dare to push them to the limit and ask questions to them that they do not like to answer. “

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