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Chelsea without infected Thomas Tuchel on title hunt

Thomas Tuchel was around 5500 kilometers away in English isolation when Kai Havertz and Co. warmed up for the Club World Cup in the shadow of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. The German team manager of Chelsea FC was even looking forward to the generally unloved tournament in Abu Dhabi before the virus forced him into quarantine.

“I have to say, once you’re there, you’re pretty excited,” said Tuchel recently. The virus hadn’t caught him yet, his players hadn’t left for the United Arab Emirates without him. Tuchel will certainly miss the semifinals of the Champions League winner on Wednesday (5:30 p.m. / Sport1) against Al-Hilal from Saudi Arabia.

Chelsea made the infection of their coach public last Saturday, and a person affected in England can only test free five days after the positive result. Two negative rapid tests on two days are necessary for this. As a result, world coach Tuchel still hopes to be able to travel to a possible final on Saturday (5:30 p.m.).

Egyptian club Al-Ahly or Brazilian team SE Palmeiras from Sao Paulo would be waiting there. It remains to be seen whether Tuchel’s plans will work out.

Chelsea: Tuchel is represented by Michels and Löw

Tuchel has to “adhere to the rules of the government and is in self-isolation,” said assistant and representative Arno Michels on Saturday after the arduous fourth round match in the FA Cup against third division club Plymouth Argyle (2-1 aet): “So we’re happy for the next few days.”

Michels and assistant trainer colleague Zsolt Löw led the training sessions in Abu Dhabi on those, but of course Tuchel was there in the background.

The 48-year-old was already in constant contact with Michels in the cup and then admitted: “We’re all a bit excited because we’re used to having Thomas by our side,” said Michels: “It’s different, but that Team makes it very easy for us and helps us.” And Chelsea are not without pressure in the Emirates.

Blues bet on cup competitions

In the Premier League, the championship is almost done with ten points behind leaders Manchester City and one game more. Between mid-December and the end of January, Chelsea only won two out of eight league games – despite many corona cases and injuries, not enough.

So this season it’s all about the trophies again. As in the past season, when Tuchel coached the Blues in his first six months in office for the Champions League title. And thus bought the ticket for Abu Dhabi, which Tuchel himself may not be able to use.

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