The Blues return to motion in Europe’s premier competitors with a house sport in opposition to final 12 months’s Ligue Un champions within the spherical of 16 first leg conflict at Stamford Bridge.
Lille go into the sport in opposition to the Blues having had an additional day to arrange for the encounter, having drawn 0-0 with Metz on Friday evening, in contrast with Chelsea‘s sport in opposition to Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.
Nevertheless, Tuchel doesn’t see that as a bonus for the French champions.
Talking after the late win over Palace, the pinnacle coach stated: “I believe Saturday to Tuesday night for us, and a house sport after an away sport in London, shouldn’t be an issue.
“Generally it may possibly trigger an enormous benefit if it’s a good schedule however from Saturday afternoon we’ll arrive residence kind of early, get good sleep, and we will likely be able to struggle with them on an okay stage. It is not going to be decisive.”
Tuchel has basically admitted there will likely be no excuses there for something aside from a win within the first leg match-up.
And he’ll hope to be boosted by the return of two gamers who have been lacking in opposition to the Eagles.
On Azpilicueta and Hudson-Odoi, he added: “We attempt, we attempt to have them for Tuesday. Azpi has some groin issues and felt a ache within the final motion of the day earlier than yesterday’s coaching.
“Callum tried yesterday in coaching but additionally felt some ache across the Achilles, a little bit of irritation, however the ache was too robust so that’s the reason each have been out right this moment.”