Thomas Tuchel says two Chelsea players benefit the most from international break

Thomas Tuchel said two Chelsea players, in particular, benefited the most from the international break, despite admitting he is not very happy about losing so many players for two weeks.

The Blues will be without two key defenders; Antonio Rudiger, who picked up an injury during international duty with Germany, and Thiago Silva, who returned late from Brazil, for Saturday’s trip to Brentford.

Therefore, it is understandable that Tuchel would rather not have to worry about his players’ fitness during these breaks.

The German, however, also admitted that the break was beneficial to Reece James and N’Golo Kante, giving them more time to recover from ankle injuries.

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“Honestly, we don’t like it too much because [most of] our players are travelling, playing, and we have to wait for so long to have them back,” Tuchel told Chelsea TV about his opinion on the international breaks.

“But for Reece James, it was, of course, good. For N’Golo Kante, it was very good.

“[Christian] Pulisic is still a bit struggling, but yeah, the [internationals] are now back, and it’s good for us.”

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James and Kante aside, a few other Chelsea players, such as Ben Chilwell and Timo Werner, have arguably benefited from the international break as well.

The pair got a much-needed confidence boost after goalscoring performances for their respective national team, after a rather tough start to their season with Chelsea.

Chilwell slipped down in the left wing-back pecking order this season, with Marcos Alonso ahead of him, while Romelu Lukaku’s arrival has limited Werner’s involvement in the team.

Given their recent performances, it will not be long before they reclaim their regular spots in the team.

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