Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel does not seem particularly happy about having to lose many of his players for the international break as he is already looking forward to preparing for the next fixtures.
Dropping two points in the 1-1 draw with Burnley before the international break is certainly not ideal for Chelsea. Although, at least, they will remain top of the Premier League on 26 points, regardless of Sunday’s results.
Tuchel would have liked to regain the momentum as soon as possible, but he can only hope that his international players manage to avoid injuries and maintain their form in the next two weeks.
“Absolutely, we’ll not stop now. It’s the last break, then we have three months without any international break and with a lot of fixtures,” the German told Chelsea TV after the game.
“Unfortunately, most of the guys [will] go and play for the national teams.
“For us and the staff, it’s a good moment to take a breath because, after that, we will try to push the team to the limit for the next months.”
More than a dozen Chelsea players will be away for international duty, including Edouard Mendy, Ben Chilwell, Reece James, and Mason Mount, Thiago Silva, and N’Golo Kante.
Among those who stay in London are Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku, who are still nursing their injuries, Trevoh Chalobah, Callum Hudson-Odoi, and Hakim Ziyech, who recently had a rift with Morocco manager Vahid Halilhodzic.
Chelsea will return to action against Leicester City on November 20, before facing Juventus at Stamford Bridge three days later.