Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel tears into Premier League after Wolves draw – It is not safe

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has torn into the Premier League amid Covid concerns which are currently wreaking havoc on the domestic football schedule. Only four top-flight fixtures went ahead this weekend and the Blues dropped two more points in their quest to keep pace with the division’s high-flyers as they drew 0-0 with Wolves. 

Tuchel’s side were part of a game to forget on Sunday afternoon, with Wolves hosting a drab 0-0 stalemate. 

Chelsea registered just one shot on target during the course of the match, with their much-changed side struggling to pose a threat. 

The game at Molineux was one of only four to go ahead in the Premier League this weekend, with Covid outbreaks leading to widespread postponements. 

And the Blues had suffered a minor outbreak of their own, although the Premier League deemed that it was not serious enough to call the game off. 

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“I don’t know if it was close to not happening,” said Tuchel after the final whistle.

“We were struggling with the preparation because we had several consecutive days with positive Covid tests and then we travelled together for three hours with the team, we had dinner together we had another positive test with Jorginho.

“People are worried because they were on the same bus and had the same dinner.

“Obviously it was not enough to postpone the match and we had to play but you cannot demand 100 per cent focus. It was everything else but calm.

“I gave my opinion and you can do with it what you want. I can’t compare to other games, it is just our situation. It is not safe.

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“We talk about protecting players and a safe environment but it is not safe.

“I would be not surprised if the next test shows up and we have more positives. How should it stop if we sit in the bus and have dinners and just stay together like nothing happened?

“I don’t care so much about the next games I just care about the next tests and the health of the players.

“Today we let [Mateo] Kovacic play 30 minutes one day after 10 days of Covid. We make him play, who takes responsibility for that?

“We have [N’Golo] Kante one training session, [Trevoh] Chalobah with two training sessions and maybe another injury.”

According to reports, Premier League chiefs will attend a virtual meeting on Monday to discuss the appropriate course of action regarding the festive football period. 

The same reports indicate that teams are likely to press on where possible, but it remains to be seen whether that view will change in the face of rising Covid cases. 

Having battled injuries and illnesses, Tuchel’s side have now slipped behind in the Premier League title race, with Manchester City trouncing Newcastle United on Sunday.

Having set the pace at the start of the campaign, they have lost crucial ground, and a ‘circuit breaker’ could allow them to nurse their squad back to fitness. 

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