Thomas Tuchel, Liverpool’s assistant manager, criticized the holiday schedule on Tuesday, saying Chelsea should start “from scratch” when choosing teams for the League Cup quarter-finals.
Thomas Tuchel, Liverpool’s assistant manager, criticized the holiday schedule on Tuesday, saying Chelsea should start “from scratch” when choosing teams for the League Cup quarter-finals. Chelsea have substituted four players who failed to score in Sunday’s game against the Wolves due to a coronavirus infection. Midfielder Lewis Baker is set to play in the quarter-finals of the League Cup in Brentford on Wednesday, and a number of academy stars have been training with the first team but have now tested positive.
“We can start from scratch now. That’s what we’re doing right now,” Tuchel said.
“We have postponed training in the afternoon. Right now we are preparing for the game.
“But it’s really exciting to plan your training because you don’t know how many players will come until the last minute.”
Depressed, Tuchel recently lamented the need to rest N’Golo Kante due to a knee problem, but Giorgione returned after giving Covid a negative test after the previous results were unclear.
Chelsea have not accepted a request to postpone their game against the Wolves, and the next day the Premier League postponed six of their 10 weekend games but decided not to suspend the schedule.
The decision comes on the day the English Premier League recorded 90 new cases of coronavirus among players and staff last week, a jump from 42 last week.
Tuhel said he thought the club had a strong problem, but was not surprised by the decision to continue.
“I shared my thoughts with everyone,” he said. “We accept the situation and the challenge. We had 14 (outdoor) players (on the team) and many of them were very risky. We didn’t feel completely safe. In addition, we will take the next challenge. Because these guys are out. It will not be easy. “
Liverpool assistant coach Pep Linders has warned of the need to punish the remaining players.
Jürgen Klopp’s men are one of eight teams to reach this week’s League Cup quarter-finals, according to the league’s schedule for Christmas and New Year.
Liverpool are currently separating Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara and Curtis Jones due to Covid and are expected to make a strong turn against Leicester on Wednesday.
They will play two Premier League games in three days next week and play Leeds and Leicester again.
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“We think it’s pointless to play within 48 hours because it’s a high risk of injury and the quality of the game won’t be that good,” Ligders said.
“The more tired you are, the lower the quality of the game,” he added. “If we want to be better, we have to respect the fact that it takes 72 hours for the Premier League (team) to recover.”