Thomas Tuchel has revealed that he plans to give his Chelsea squad two days off to rest before preparing to face Tottenham this weekend (Simon Johnson).
The Blues were held to a 1-1 draw against Brighton on Tuesday night with the performance largely a leggy one riddled with errors.
The draw means Chelsea are without a win in their last four Premier League matches, while they have also slipped down to third and a point behind Liverpool having played two games more.
It also was also their seventh game played within three weeks, having maintained their status in every competition so far this term after recently securing their place in the Carabao Cup final.
Chelsea now face the prospect of hosting London rivals Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, making it the third meeting between both sides this month.
Tuchel has put his side’s recent struggles in the league down to fatigue and says he intends to give his players a two-day break before beginning their preparations for Spurs.
He said (via Sky Sports): “I answered this question a hundred times, if you look at our situation of long-term injuries, of key players injured, and of Covid and you look at our schedule you will have the answer.
“We are mentally tired and physically tired, you can see it in our performance, it’s as easy as that. We need to recharge the batteries, we need to reconnect.
“This is my feeling, that’s why I give the players two days off and then we will use Friday and Saturday to prepare for Sunday.”
Spurs Web Opinion
Chelsea have played a lot of games in the last couple of months and haven’t had to deal with too many postponements like others. Unfortunately with the current climate, some teams will end up playing more than others and there isn’t much more that can be done to mitigate that.
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