'Maybe': Tuchel offers possible problem solver that could benefit Chelsea and other PL clubs

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has suggested international fixtures across the board should be moved to green-listed countries.

Speaking in his latest press conference, Tuchel was predictably asked about the furore surrounding FIFA rulings on players called up to represent their country but held back by their clubs.

Thiago Silva faces not being allowed to feature for Chelsea because of a FIFA-enforced six-day ban.

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South American stars from Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Leeds also face the prospect of missing the weekend’s Premier League action.


Understandably, the clubs detained their players to protect them from entering a UK red-listed country and subsequently quarantining after their international games had concluded.

Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa, Watford and Wolverhampton Wanderers could also be affected.

Trialling Tuchel’s idea

To avoid such a debacle happening again, Tuchel offered an alternative to the current schedule on offer to Latin American nations.

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“For me, personally, maybe a solution is we move the games from red-listed countries to green-listed countries, like we did with the Champions League,” said the Chelsea manager.

“We played in Romania, we played in Seville. This was a solution where games could be played. Maybe we can find a solution like this?”

Tuchel went on to condemn the decision by FIFA to punish players who didn’t even travel away.

“Of course the clubs want their players to play, the national teams as well. The players do as well, don’t forget it.

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“Still, if it ends up in a situation where players can’t play for the national team and then they are suspended in their league, it doesn’t help anybody.

“That makes no sense. Not for the fans, not for the football, not for the national team, and not for the clubs.”

The Blues boss did reveal Silva’s injunction had yet to be officially finalised and he was waiting on confirmation from Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck.

Having the defender back would be a big boost, especially as Chelsea play on Saturday in the league and again on Tuesday in the Champions League.

Liverpool and Manchester City will hope for similarly positive news as they face being without several key men for their respective matches.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.