Malmo defender admits he is relieved to not have to play against two Chelsea players in UCL tie
Malmo defender Anel Ahmedhozic believes Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner’s absences for Chelsea will make his job easier in the Champions League tie.
The striker pair, along with Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount, and N’Golo Kante, have been left out of the Chelsea squad that has travelled to Sweden.
“Of course, Lukaku is a challenge. He’s very big and strong,” the defender said during the pre-match press conference on Monday.
“Werner is the faster one. So it’s easier to face Chelsea without these two.”
Asked whether their absences would improve Malmo’s chances on Tuesday, he added: “Yeah probably, a little bit.”
Well, to be fair, most centre-backs would be glad to not have to deal with Lukaku’s strength and Werner’s pace.
However, as if he was giving a reminder to the young defender about the opponents they are going to face, Malmo manager Jon Dahl Tomasson was full of praise for the Blues.
“As the Chelsea manager said, they played a fantastic game, I can agree with him,” Tomasson said about the last meeting at Stamford Bridge.
“We are, of course, playing against a very good side, probably one of the best.”
Tomasson also confirmed that his team will be without their captain Anders Christiansen who is not ready to play due to an injury.
As it stands, the Blues sit second in Group H with six points — three points behind leaders Juventus. Malmo, on the other hand, are still without a point from the first three group qualification games.