22 Feb 2022 | 23:14 | Football
3 players who have played for Lille and Chelsea
At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have a match to welcome Lille in the 1/8 Champions League round. The defending champion gently won 2-0 against the visitors from France thanks to the help of Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic.
This match, coach Thomas Tuchel decided to put Romelu Lukaku on the bench for physical reasons. He confirmed: “I feel Lukaku is a bit tired, a bit exhausted. He has been working a lot lately.”
However, Lukaku is not the only player with problems. After the victory against Lille, Chelsea paid a heavy price when there were 2 more cases of injury.
Specifically, Mateo Kovacic and Hakim Ziyech were hurt and were soon withdrawn from the field. Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Saul Niguez were brought on as substitutes. This is really a big loss for the Stamford Bridge team.
Should the situation worsen, neither Kovacic nor Ziyech will be able to face Liverpool in the League Cup final this weekend. Remember, Kovacic and Ziyech are both important factors in the Chelsea squad at the moment.
Certainly Chelsea cannot rely on Lukaku. The Belgian striker has been a big disappointment in recent matches. And it is not only for physical reasons that coach Tuchel excluded this player from the main squad.