Tuchel expressed concerns about Chelsea players: Thomas Tuchel is concerned that a few Chelsea players may be unable to relax “at all” during the international break.
Reece James will have to withdraw from the England team in order to complete his treatment at Cobham, but there are still a number of other Chelsea players who will be abroad on international duty in the coming weeks, according to the Blues boss.
Mason Mount, for example, will travel to France with the England team.
It will be two comparatively easy friendlies for the players whose nations have already secured their spots in the 2022 World Cup.
Jorginho and Edouard Mendy, on the other hand, are entirely another story, and Tuchel has aired his reservations about them.
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“Hopefully,” says the presenter. When asked if the international break will be an opportunity for players to relax, Tuchel replied, “Of certainly, some players.”
“However, some of them have really crucial matches.”
“Jorginho has a crucial match, Edou… I’m sure I forgot about a few additional players who will compete in World Cup qualifiers.
“They don’t get any rest at all, which is a little alarming. But that’s the way things are.”
Tuchel even chose to rest Jorginho in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Middlesbrough, leaving him out of the Chelsea team.
Jorginho and the rest of the Italy squad will meet North Macedonia in a European World Cup play-off semifinal on March 24, with the winners of the other semifinal between Portugal and Turkey potentially facing the winners of the final five days later.
Similarly, in the African World Cup qualifiers, Mendy and his Senegalese colleagues will face a difficult battle against Egypt.
Senegal won a penalty shoot-out in their most recent match, which took place in the recent AFCON final.
On Friday, the two squads are likely to fight it out once again.