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Thomas Tuchel confirms four Chelsea players will miss Manchester City game & midfielder returns from loan

Thomas Tuchel confirms four Chelsea players will miss Manchester City game & midfielder returns from loan

Manchester City vs Chelsea

Chelsea are set to play out one of their biggest games of the season on Saturday.

The west Londoners face a trip to Manchester for a clash with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, which they simply cannot afford to lose.

Chelsea head into the game sitting 10 points adrift of current league leaders, City. Should they lose to the Sky Blues on Saturday and fall 13 points behind top spot, the widespread agreement, in turn, would be that their title hopes will be all but over this term.

A draw, which would keep that gap at 10 points, it still not ideal, but a win would see Thomas Tuchel’s men close to within seven points of their upcoming opponents and pile the pressure on the Manchester outfit.

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Thomas Tuchel on team news & midfielder return

Ahead of the Manchester City match, Thomas Tuchel would speak to the press on Friday.

When doing so, the German discussed a number of topics, including team news; confirming that Ben Chilwell, Reece James, Trevoh Chalobah and Andreas Christensen remain sidelined:

“No news which is good news. Trevoh will be out, Reece James out, Ben Chilwell out.

“We have one new positive Covid test with Andreas Christensen so he will be out of the game.”

Tuchel also confirmed that Kenedy has returned from his loan with Flamengo:

“Kenedy is back and I am very happy about it. It’s a huge opportunity for him to make his mark at this club and this team. We will try now, from today on, to push and support him.”

Quotes via football.london.

Kenedy is a left-sided midfielder by trade. Will Tuchel use him as a central midfielder, winger or maybe even as a left-wing-back with Chilwell out for the remainder of the season?

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 23 41 57
2 Liverpool FC 21 37 45
3 Chelsea FC 23 28 44
4 Manchester United 22 6 38
5 West Ham United 23 10 37
6 Tottenham Hotspur 19 4 36
7 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 3 34
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 21 0 29
10 Aston Villa 21 -4 26
11 Leicester City 19 -3 25
12 Southampton FC 22 -8 25
13 Crystal Palace 21 -1 24
14 Brentford FC 23 -12 23
15 Leeds United 21 -16 22
16 Everton FC 20 -11 19
17 Norwich City 22 -32 16
18 Newcastle United 21 -22 15
19 Watford FC 20 -17 14
20 Burnley FC 17 -11 11

Premier League 21/22

Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 6
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Maddison, James Leicester City 6