Tuchel ready for ‘very different’ Burnley test in return to Prem action

Dan Butterfield
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is focused on the test that Burnley will pose to his side on Saturday afternoon, amid the club’s ongoing ownership situation.

Roman Abramovich announced earlier this week that would be selling the club after coming under scrutiny for his links to Russian president Vladimir Putin.

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The Blues return to Premier League action at Turf Moor on Saturday and Tuchel is well aware the challenge that Sean Dyche’s in-form side will bring.

“A very different test and fair enough because every team has their style. They are consistent in how the approach the games: physical and direct up front, a lot of crosses, dangerous at set-pieces,” said the German.

“So we think we know what’s coming but still we don’t want to predict too much because who knows what is coming? We have to let the players find the answers on the pitch. Yes we will prepare but in the end they have to find the solutions and be prepared for a wide range of opportunities.

“We played a very good match [against Burnley at home]. We created a lot but struggled to score the second or third goal and were punished in the end by a typical Burnley goal.

“Performance I was happy. Result wise we will be looking for better tomorrow.”

Tuchel also provided an update on his squad fitness for Saturday’s trip, revealing a number of stars could return.

“No fresh injuries but I have to talk to the fitness coaches and doctors. Azpi [Cesar Azpilicueta] wasn’t training yesterday so this will be too close. Hakim [Ziyech] was in training, hopefully he can come back. Reece [James] did training yesterday and no reactions after his two matches.

“The guys who were not with us at Luton because of minor injuries, Thiago [Silva] and Trevoh [Chalobah], were back in training and seem good to go.”

The Chelsea boss also asked what he thought was possible for the Blues this season, having lost in the Carabao Cup final to Liverpool last weekend.

“It took me some minutes to find some answers to the last two Premier League matches, we’ve played two matches in six or seven weeks. Normally, you have a feel for the competition and know where you are.

“We are in a good run of results but we don’t feel it because we had FA Cup, Carabao Cup, Club World Cup, but we are in a good place in the table and we have to fight hard to stay where we are and give our very best.

“It’s a tough game at Burnley, there will be no presents. We want to dig in and be ready for the right.”