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Chelsea squad news: Mason Mount disease unrelated to Covid while Christian Pulisic could return against Malmö

“For Mason, he doesn’t feel better,” said the Chelsea manager. “To stop any speculation, this is not Covid, he is negative for Covid, he is just sick and he is not feeling well enough to participate in the training and of course to participate in the trip.”

Chelsea can take a big step towards qualifying for Group H with a second win over Malmö on Tuesday and Tuchel praised their Premier League leaders for their unbeaten run since the loss to Juventus last month.

In the six games since, they have won five and beat Southampton on penalties in the Carabao Cup.

He added: “We have it now quite often, the fifth or sixth game in a row where we are considered favorites.

“We put in a lot of effort, a lot of intensity. We are not giving too much hope that we are favorites but we are proving it on the pitch, it is absolutely necessary tomorrow.

“When you say, very fair, Malmö needs extraordinary performances. I think they will prepare for it. Any team at this level is ready to create an extraordinary performance.

“We have to be prepared, be humble enough and respect the game and the opponent. Everything can happen. These matches at the level of the Champions League have nothing to lose.

“Malmo can play with a lot of freedom, a lot of courage. They will be supported by an emotional crowd. These are the things we have to face. It is not the first time. We will try to influence our team by approaching the games in the same way, like last week.

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