Chelsea: Thomas Tuchel to restrict N’Golo Kanté’s game-time amid injury

Chelsea’s manager, Thomas Tuchel according to reports, has warned N’Golo Kante’s game-time will be shortened until this month’s international break to ensure the Frenchman is fully fit for the run-in.

The former Leicester City midfielder started only his fourth Premier League match of the year for Chelsea in their 1-0 win at the Anfield against Liverpool following persistent hamstring problems.

Tuchel, a big fan of Kante, had previously explored the possibility of signing the midfielder during his days at Paris Saint-Germain and will avoid overloading the midfielder in order to bring the best out of him ahead of crunching schedule for the West London side. Chelsea, who are tipped for a top-four finish this season with top rated USA online casinos, upcoming games are against Everton, Leeds United, Atletico Madrid and Sheffield United to guard against further injury.

Speaking on Kante’s injury concerns, the German tactician said of Kante. 

“It was clear from the first second of training what this guy is capable of doing, “It’s unbelievable. You see his intensity in the physical report after matches and you think they may have tracked two players and put it into the same sheet.

“He’s unbelievable in what he delivers in terms of intensity, in terms of ball recoveries, his devotion to the group is world-class, at the highest level. I am very, very happy he is in our squad. He has come from an injury so he will not play now every 90 minutes before the international break. 

“We will manage him and we do that with the physical coaches. We have to take care that he is fit until the international break and when he comes back, we hope he has the momentum where can rely on him in every game. I’m very happy to have him, Jorginho and Kova [Mateo Kovacic] in defensive midfield, this is exactly the level we need to win games. So, I am super happy with all of them.”

The international break begins on March 22 and Tuchel added his name to the growing list of managers concerned by quarantine rules surrounding players returning from countries on the UK’s COVID-19 Red List.

Any player re-entering the UK from one of 33 nations will have to self-isolate, leading to Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and his Manchester United counterpart Ole Gunnar Solskjaer voicing doubts over player availability with FIFA granting clubs the power to block call-ups.

On that, Tuchel added: 

“I am absolutely worried because my target is to play Premier League and if I have players in quarantine, I cannot build a group that we want.

“This is the risk and I am absolutely worried about this situation.

“But I am also sure that the club knows how to handle it. If it maybe is the consequence that the players cannot go then this is the consequence. This situation is extraordinary. We have to adapt and we will do this as a club and we will take these decisions when the decisions are taken. We are very concerned about the situation.”

The Blues next outing is against Everton tonight at the Stamford Bridge and they will be looking to further bolster their hopes of a top four finish in the 2020/21 Premier League when they face off against Carlo Ancelotti’s high-flying Everton side.

Both Chelsea and Everton come into the game on the back of a strong run of form. However, under Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea have been extremely solid if not always spectacular. A ten-game unbeaten run that includes victories against the likes of Liverpool and Atletico Madrid has given online casino a convincing performance that the Blues should be able to bag another victory on Monday night, continuing their strong run under the German.