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Thomas Tuchel explains why Thiago Silva hasn’t travelled for Dinamo Zagreb conflict and hints at two Chelsea debuts

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Chelsea face Dinamo Zagreb within the Champions League (Image: Getty)

Thomas Tuchel has defined why Thiago Silva didn’t journey with the Chelsea squad to Croatia for his or her opening Champions League conflict towards Dinamo Zagreb.

The Blues kick-start their European marketing campaign in Maksimir on Tuesday night time however might be with out skilled centre-back Silva.

Silva has began all six of Chelsea’s Premier League video games this season and Tuchel believes it was the proper time to relaxation the 37-year-old.

‘We determined with Thiago that he can have a break from the travelling and the stress after taking part in each minute up to now in very intense matches,’ Tuchel mentioned at his pre-match press convention on Monday.

‘It was the second to offer him a break as an alternative of placing him on the bench and having the journey points. He takes care of his restoration.’

Whereas Chelsea might be with out Silva tomorrow night time, Tuchel may hand debuts to deadline-day signings Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Denis Zakaria.

Chelsea signed former Arsenal striker Aubameyang from Barcelona whereas they agreed a mortgage cope with Juventus for Swiss midfielder Zakaria.

Thiago Silva has featured closely for the Blues this season (Image: Getty)

‘We had the chance to take everybody who was in coaching and accessible to Zagreb to do our final coaching,’ Tuchel added. ‘That features Denis and Auba.

‘[Aubameyang] had a check along with his [protective face] masks and felt positive, educated regular. If the whole lot goes properly right this moment they are going to each be accessible.’

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Below Tuchel, Chelsea received the Champions League in 2021, earlier than struggling a quarter-final defeat to eventual winners Actual Madrid final season.

The Blues are in Group E this yr alongside Croatia champions Dinamo Zagreb, Serie A giants AC Milan and Austrian aspect Pink Bull Salzburg.

On the specter of Zagreb, Tuchel mentioned: ‘They’re used to successful, it’s a successful workforce. They’re used to being on the highest. That shapes a sure mentality.

‘They made it by the qualification, which is rarely simple. They need to be right here and I’m fairly certain they are going to plan to play a really technical, emotional sport towards us.

‘They’ve particular person high quality like at all times, like each workforce of Dinamo Zagreb and any Croatian workforce. Numerous particular person high quality.

‘We’re ourselves in a second the place we have to enhance, we aren’t totally proud of the outcomes, with our performances. We have to take the subsequent step.

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‘It’s the Champions League, very thrilling. We’re very conscious what the problem is to play in a primary match away in a gaggle stage. It’s troublesome.

‘It could possibly find yourself in difficult conditions however I believe it’s essential that we settle for it and play a humble match, don’t get caught in our personal expectations.

‘We are going to settle for the battle and the problem after which we will even have the idea and belief we’re capable of win. We have to carry out, for certain.’

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Chelsea have taken 10 factors from their first six Premier League video games and make the brief journey to west London rivals Fulham after their journey to Croatia.


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