The month of December 2021 is set to be very hectic for Chelsea football club. The Blues will have to go through a tight schedule in the last month of 2021. This is because the Blues will play in 3 different competitions in December. As defending UEFA Champions League holders, the Blues have an automatic qualification spot in the Club World Cup.
The competition's venue has not been announced yet. The participants of the competition are the respective continental champions. The winners of the UEFA Champions League, the CAF Champions League, the Copa Libertadores, the ACF Champions League, the CONCACAF Champions league, the OFC Champions League and the host nation's club will play in the Club World Cup. Chelsea is also scheduled to play the Carabao Cup games in December. The Carabao Cup quarter final is played among the final eight teams in the competition and is usually played in December.
In addition, the Blues will also play the EPL games throughout the month of December. Chelsea is expected to fly out mid December to commence the Club World Cup preparations. The Carabao Cup quarter final is set to take place on the 22nd day of December. Chelsea FC is considered a favourite to win the trophy. There is little doubt the Blues will make it to the quarter final.
Thomas Tuchel's men also have Premier league games on the 26th and 28th of December 2021. Thomas Tuchel will have to find a way to handle the situation. The Blues risk injuries to the players. The players are likely to suffer fatigue and may not be able to handle the pressure.
One way Thomas Tuchel can handle the tight schedule is by doing what Liverpool did during its UCL winning campaign. In order to alleviate the pressure, Jurgen Klopp allowed youngsters from the club's academy with some substitute players to play the Carabao Cup games. This is because the Carabao Cup is seen as the least significant trophy among the other trophies in England.
Tuchel can take the some regular players with some other substitute players to Japan to partake in the Club World Cup. He cam field a handful of regular starters to play in Carabao Cup. This rotation ensures that the possibility of fatigue is greatly reduced.
Squad rotation may reduce the likelihood of injuries, but it has a disadvantage. Thomas Tuchel will not be able to field his best players in every game of December, which means the Blues are at risk of exiting the Carabao Cup tournament. This is why it is necessary to field the back up team in the least significant competitions, while the starters play in the most significant ones.
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