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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel takes on Juventus juggling as he challenges substitutes to continue to thrive

Romelu Lukaku is still not fit enough to start after a month away with an ankle injury and Kai Havertz is uncertain due to his strained hamstrings.

But Timo Werner could start for the first time in a month after recovering from his own hamstring problems.

Tuchel has already had to cope without Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic for extended periods of time due to illness and injury – but that did nothing to stop Chelsea’s progress as the European champions need help. ‘one point on Tuesday to qualify for Group H, when they are currently at the top of the Premier League table.

Tuchel says it proves they have the tools to deal with even the most prominent absentees.

“We’ve always had the options, it’s on the players, when they’re needed, and when they have the chance to show their potential, they have to show it,” said the German. “They have to be ready. That’s life at Chelsea and that’s what they do in a very impressive way.

Chelsea are undefeated in all six games they have had to play since Lukaku and Werner limped out of their 4-0 win over Malmö last month.

Tuchel added: “When we play with Romelu, we play with Romelu. When we play with Timo, we play with Timo. And when they are not available, we try to find solutions. That’s why we’re here, that’s why we have a great team.

“And that’s why we trust everyone because the guys know what it takes to play for Chelsea.”

While a draw is enough to guarantee qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League, Tuchel still has the top of the group in sight.

“First and foremost we do what we do, when we play football matches we try to win them,” he said. “This is what we are doing and it will not change.

Timo Werner could start for the first time in a month for Chelsea against Juventus

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“Okay, later in the game, if the score is a draw, we might not allow [goalkeeper] Edou Mendy to go into the opposing box when we have a late corner, because we will not risk our qualification and will go all-in.

“But until then, we will try everything to win the game.”

Meanwhile, Trevoh Chalobah described his dream of being the next Thiago Silva at Chelsea.

The versatile defender has been one of the discoveries of the season after launching into Tuchel’s first-team plans. And he’s now revealed how Brazilian veteran Silva is his inspiration.

“Thiago Silva was one of my idols growing up, how successful he was,” Chalobah said. “For me as a young player he’s where I want to be and where I want to go.

“I still pinch myself to this day. It was an amazing start for me. It’s important that I maintain consistency and whenever I get the chance to play I give all I can and show the manager who I am.


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