Sport news Pick half-fit N'Golo Kante's moments, bring back Antonio Rudiger and start Timo Werner AND Hai Havertz: Chelsea face FOUR do-or-die 'finals'... here's what Thomas Tuchel must do to avoid flopping Premierleague-News.com
Premierleague-News.com - After an electrifying few weeks at Stamford Bridge, Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea were given a reality check on Wednesday night when they lost to London rivals Arsenal.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! After an electrifying few weeks at Stamford Bridge, Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea were given a reality check on Wednesday night when they lost to London rivals Arsenal.Emile Smith Rowe's 16th-minute strike was the difference and leaves the back door open for Liverpool and even West Ham to make one final push to sneak into the top four.Chelsea have two cup finals and two tricky Premier League matches against Leicester and Aston Villa to navigate between now and the end of the season, so what does Tuchel need to keep in mind to ensure his fantastic start to life in England doesn't spectacularly flop? Sportsmail takes a look. Thomas Tuchel cut a frustrated figure as his Chelsea side were defeated by Arsenal KEEP KANTE FITThe France midfielder was a notable omission from Chelsea's line-up on Wednesday night and when he doesn't play, Tuchel's men are weaker.The Chelsea boss revealed after the game that the 30-year-old has some discomfort in his achilles and he needs time to rest between Chelsea's matches. With the FA Cup final against Leicester on Saturday at Wembley, Tuchel opted to leave the midfielder out.Speaking to the 5th Stand app, Tuchel explained: 'N’Golo (was left out) for pain management. He has pain in the achilles and he suffers from that. 'There was no chance (he could play) because we miss (Mateo) Kovacic (too).'Next Tuesday, just three days after the cup final, Chelsea meet Leicester again in the Premier League in what looks set to be a crucial game for the shape of the top four. Can Kante manage two games in four days? It might seem wise not to risk him with a Champions League final on the horizon. Tuchel has to take care of N'Golo Kante (right), with the midfielder managing an achilles issueWERNER IS KEY The £53million man was another player left out of the clash against Arsenal on Wednesday as Tuchel kept half an eye on the cup final. And while Werner has had his critics this season, Chelsea missed him.His pace going forward is a vital outlet for Chelsea, especially when looking to spring on the counter attack and his runs have always been smart, even when he has been enduring a barren run in front of goal.And in recent weeks there have been signs his confidence in the final third is coming back. After scoring just two goals in 35 games for both Chelsea and Germany, Werner has scored twice in his last five. One was his header from pin-point range against Real Madrid and the other came in the crucial 1-0 win against top-four rivals West Ham. Tuchel is a big fan of Werner's work-rate off the ball as well. He described the striker's efforts in the 2-1 win at City last week by saying 'he was working like a dog'. Striker Timo Werner's movement and pace contribute a lot to Chelsea's play going forwardBRING BACK RUDIGERThe Germany defender has been a central part of Tuchel's revolution at Chelsea and while he had made his first-team return before Frank Lampard was sacked, it is mystifying that Lampard ever tried to get rid of him.He was another player who was rested on Wednesday against Arsenal, which is perhaps another reflection of how highly Tuchel rates him. His work in the three-man Chelsea defence has been one of the more noticeable changes Tuchel has overseen and while the German coach decided to rest him up ahead of a bumper few fixtures to round off the season, he now needs Rudiger ready and firing to ensure the campaign ends successfully. Chelsea's defence looks far stronger with Antonio Rudiger playing his part in the back threeSTICK WITH HAVERTZ Like Werner, Kai Havertz hasn't hit the heights expected of him when he arrived at Stamford Bridge last summer. But steadily as the season has gone on he has adapted to Tuchel's methods and is getting better.It felt like a controversial decision for Tuchel to leave Christian Pulisic on the bench for the Champions League semi-final second leg against Madrid but Havertz started in his place and played well, hitting the bar twice with the first effort coming back into the path of Werner to score.
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. That could have been to save Havertz's legs as well as he has played a lot in the last few weeks. Kai Havertz's form has been picking up in recent weeks after what has been a tough seasonHUDSON-ODOI MUST MAKE AN IMPACTCallum Hudson-Odoi was one of the first plus-points in the early days of Tuchel taking over at Chelsea, with the 20-year-old being deployed as a wing-back.But in the last few weeks he has featured little for Chelsea and due to the team's success on the pitch it's not unfair to say that he hasn't been missed. But he came on against Manchester City last weekend and had a hand in their winning goal, scored by Marcos Alonso.Tuchel said that the England international needs to push himself more. Tuchel has said that he wants to see Callum Hudson-Odoi pushing himself more at the club'Callum needs to understand how to use his potential,’ he said. ‘He needs to understand how to push himself to the absolute limit, and not be happy with 80, 85, 90, 95 per cent. 'He simply cannot be happy with that in any single day. He needs to learn and understand that and live up to that. Once he does this, he will make his way and leave his footprints.’With two finals and a place in the top four to seal, there can be no better time for Hudson-Odoi to show his manager that he has heeded his advice. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Chelsea and Manchester City will be allocated 6,000 tickets... Jorginho declares he now feels 'at home' at Chelsea after... Jurgen Klopp rules out any huge transfers for Liverpool and... Bukayo Saka is being 'used and abused' in different...
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