Chelsea vs Juventus: Team news and injury latest ahead of the crucial Champions League clash
Speaking in the pre-match presser (h/t Football.London), Thomas Tuchel has provided the latest team news ahead of the crucial Champions League clash between Chelsea and Juventus. His team will host the fixture at Stamford Bridge later today.
Coming into this game, the Blues need three points to ensure they have a clear chance to become the group leaders. However, they will be missing some key figures in the lineup, but their opponents also face similar issues.
Tuchel mentioned that Jorginho got cleared to be ready for the game, but Kai Havertz would be doubtful. Mateo Kovacic is confirmed to be out of contention, but Romelu Lukaku could be involved in the latter stages. He was also more hopeful about Timo Werner’s possible involvement in the game. If you are one of those tipsters, head to bitcasino to place your bets on the German’s possible goal involvement.
“Not sure yet [Lukaku]. We have one more training. Yesterday he was in team training and seemed ok, let’s see about the reaction. Jorgi is absolutely ok. We had to take Kai [Havertz] off because of hamstring problems. This is more or less the question mark. Timo [Werner] feels good, he was in training yesterday and is in the squad. Mateo Kovacic is out.
The latest update from the Chelsea website shows Havertz and Kovacic missing the last training session and, this could tell us they will be out for the game. As for Juve, they are facing an injury crisis and are missing up to five players coming into this match.
According to Nizaar Kinsella (h/t Football.London), Danilo, Aaron Ramsey, Giorgio Chiellini, Federico Bernardeschi and Mattia De Sciglio are expected to be out for the game. Paulo Dybala is not 100 per cent fit and thus only be available on the bench, whereas Dejan Kulusevski is also doubtful.
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The Bianconeri squad list released by Absolute Chelsea (h/t Football.London) verifies the above information, and Dybala and Kulusevski only made the team. And the duo would not be at full fitness due to the circumstances in which they made it into the list.
Tuchel’s side already has an advantage in personnel availability and would hope to use that to their advantage. However, they would still have to do their best because of what happened in the reverse fixture.
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