Tuchel admits Chelsea might not show up to Brentford match amid Covid concerns

Thomas Tuchel has admitted that Chelsea might not show up to their Carabao Cup quarter-final clash with Brentford on Wednesday as concerns around the spread of Covid-19 continue to rise.

The Blues had requested that their trip to Wolves on Sunday be postponed due to seven positive cases of the virus in their squad, a move that was denied by Premier League chiefs.

Tuchel was left furious that the game went ahead, with Chelsea slipping further back in the title race after being held to a goalless draw at Molineux.

According to Government guidelines, anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 must isolate for ten days, which would also rule the seven out of the Brentford clash.

While he could call upon Chelsea’s substantial reserve team options for the Carabao Cup trip to the Brentford Community Stadium, Tuchel has hinted that he may instead make a drastic move.

The Blues boss has revealed that Chelsea may not turn up for the game and questioned what league officials expect of his Covid-hit squad.

“It will hopefully stop but it’s more or less hoping. There is nothing else to do,” he said following the draw at Wolves.

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“If we have the next test and the next positive I would like to speak to the people from the Premier League what they expect.

“Shall we stop and not arrive in the next game if we are made to play? When they make us play against Brentford shall we not arrive? Shall we not train anymore? What shall we do?”

Tuchel also insisted that his full focus remains on the health and safety of his players, rather than on who his team faces next.

“I don't care so much about the next games I just care about the next tests and the health of the players,” the German added.


“We were just worried about the safety of players and the players were concerned about their health.

“The Premier League had an opinion and we had a different opinion so we agree to disagree.”

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