Chelsea are taking ‘huge risks’ with players, says Thomas Tuchel | Football news

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Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said he was forced to give some players more minutes than they should have against Aston Villa on Sunday, with Romelu Lukaku and Callum Hudson-Odoi returning to action after having missed the last three games due to COVID-19.
Chelsea earned a 3-1 victory at Villa, with Lukaku coming in at half-time and Hudson-Odoi playing the full 90 minutes.
“It’s not that easy when you have a long injury, with a body like (Lukaku) and you catch COVID-19,” Tuchel told reporters.
“When you read the scoresheet and read the names you might think, yeah everyone’s there, 18 guys and it’s a top team. But if you look at the details you see we’re fighting and let’s take huge risks.
“Callum (Hudson-Odoi) was forced to play 90 minutes right after COVID-19 due to injuries during the game and that’s it.”
Although happy with the three points, Tuchel was concerned about the players he needed to put back into action during the busy holiday period.
“It’s a big reaction and a victory. At the same time, I’m still worried in recent weeks, I’m worried about the health and safety of the players,” Tuchel said.
“It’s quite difficult. It’s not over just because the names are back on the roster. At the moment, the situation is very demanding.”
Chelsea, third, face Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday, before facing Liverpool on January 2.
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