Chelsea boss Tuchel hints at team changes ahead of Sheffield United trip

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said he is considering several team changes to keep the team fresh for Sunday’s clash against Sheffield United.

The 47-year-old has made very few team changes in his first three games in charge, pretty much sticking with the same set of players in midfield and defence.

Considering Chelsea secured seven points in those games and are closing the gap to the top four, the consistency clearly paid off.

However, Tuchel said he is considering rotation ahead of Sheffield Utd clash.

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“The most important [thing] now is that we don’t lose the focus tomorrow,” he said in his pre-match press conference (via HaytersTV).

“[Tomorrow, we will] take care of the guys who were not on the pitch [against Spurs], our quality, and the atmosphere in the dressing room.

“Maybe we need some changes to be sharp again and to be physical again, so we can compete at the highest level in the next away game against a strong, physical Sheffield [Utd side] that won their last game.

“We focus on [that] but we don’t have influence on the [other teams in the top four race].”

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There are several players who started in each of the last three games, including the three centre-backs, midfield pairing Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho, and Callum Hudson-Odoi.

These are the ones who are likely going to be rested at Sheffield Utd, particularly Thiago Silva who suffered a thigh injury in the game agianst Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday.

It will be interesting to see if Billy Gilmour who have been left out from the squad in the last three games will have an opportunity to impress the manager on the pitch.

As Tuchel pointed out before, he prefers to judge his players on the pitch as he sent a message to those who have not played regularly under him.

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