Thomas Tuchel faced the media at Cobham ahead of Chelsea’s match against Manchester United at Old Trafford
Kova will still be out, Ben Chilwell be out, and Callum [Hudson-Odoi] will still be out. Ton Rudiger was in training yesterday, same with Reece James. We have another training coming, and hopefully, they can do full training and give us the green light. We have hopes they can be in the squad a play tomorrow.
The same with Andreas, we need another examination because he felt sick and will come back to training from today. Ross Barkley is sick as well and will not be in the squad.
A lot of talk about Manchester United in recent months. What is your take?
Well, over the last months, there was a lot of talk about Chelsea, so we will not be so heavily involved in the talks about Manchester United. I am personally very happy to play against Man United at Old Trafford. For me it is one of the biggest stages, one of the biggest stadiums and one of the biggest clubs and locations to play. I arrive with a strong club, a strong team – this is the best way to arrive as a coach.
I am very happy to have this match, and it will always be a big match for me, no matter which position and what current form they are in. That is why we prepare in the best possible way. We don’t reflect so much on their situation and what is going on in and around the club. We focus on their last matches, and we should not get confused by the lack of points. For me, this squad is full of quality, and we need to take care on the pitch.