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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel unsure if Rudiger & Kovacic will be fit to face Real Madrid

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel unsure if Rudiger & Kovacic will be fit to face Real Madrid

Chelsea vs Fulham

Chelsea are set to face off with capital rivals, Fulham, on Saturday afternoon.

The tie, of course, comes between the Blues’ two Champions League semi-final meetings with Real Madrid.

It would therefore be easy to assume that Thomas Tuchel will make a number of changes on Saturday, especially given the fact that Fulham are currently in the relegation zone.

However, Chelsea themselves sit just three points above 5th place in the Premier League table, making tomorrow’s clash a must-win, particularly when taking into account the difficulty of the Londoners’ end-of-season run-in.

After facing off with Scott Parker’s side, Chelsea have league meetings with Manchester City, Arsenal, Leicester City and Aston Villa to come.

Therefore, securing three points against a side seven points from safety with five games remaining is an absolute necessity for the Blues.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel unsure if Rudiger & Kovacic will be fit to face Real Madrid

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 15: Mateo Kovacic of Chelsea runs with the ball past Joe Willock of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on February 15, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Chris Lee – Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Rudiger & Kovacic out of Fulham tie & doubts for Real Madrid

Prior to Saturday’s game, Thomas Tuchel held his pre-match press conference on Friday.

And, when doing so, the German delivered some rather concerning news on the personnel front.

Both Mateo Kovacic and Antonio Rudiger are set to miss the derby with Fulham.

Perhaps more concerning, though, is the fact that the pair are also major doubts to face Real Madrid next week. Rudiger is said to be the more likely to return:

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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