Chelsea's 4-0 Victory over Malmö FF last night was a morale-boosting one for Thomas Tuchel and his boys, but it came at a price. Chelsea lost their two center forwards to different injuries. For now, it's still early to tell how long the pair will spend on the sidelines, but we should have the scan results in a matter of hours.
Tuchel will have to be without these two for now and make use of what he has at his disposal. The gaffer says, “We have a twist of the ankle for Romelu and hamstring for Timo. They will be some games out, I guess. We only had Christian Pulisic, we miss everybody but we have to find solutions. We have no excuses.”
Tuchel is expected to deal with this properly because he has many options left in attack and this is where he uses his strength in depth to his advantage. The likes of Kai Havertz, Callum Hudson-Odoi and maybe Hakim Ziyech need to step up a tempo as Christian Pulisic is still out injured.
Hudson-odoi replaced Timo Werner, while Kai Havertz replaced Romelu Lukaku after their injury issues. I think they gave a good account of themselves. They both had a chance at their natural positions and they took it well.
Callum got the chance to play in his favourite left-wing position, while Kai Havertz also played in the false 9 role, the position in which he performed so well at the tail end of last season. The German just felt at home and his movement was so threatening for the Malmö defenders.
Tuchel may just need some experiments for now. Havertz and Hudson-Odoi combined really well last night and I think they could do a lot of damage to opposition defenders if they get more chance together.
Chelsea face Norwich on Saturday afternoon and this match offers Tuchel the chance to field his makeshift attack and see how they fare together. These injuries may just be a blessing in disguise for Tuchel.
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