Chelsea press conference LIVE: Thomas Tuchel on Everton, Kante, Chalobah, Kovacic, Lukaku, more

Good afternoon and welcome to live coverage of Thomas Tuchel’s pre-match press conference ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Everton.

The Blues will be looking to maintain the pressure on Manchester City and Liverpool in the Premier League title race and know they can’t afford to drop any points, especially at Stamford Bridge.

Tuchel gave the first-team squad two days off after the weekend win over Leeds United and the German coach will hope the short refresh will give his side the impetus to thrive over the festive period.

Chelsea’s injury issues are also finally abating and Tuchel may be able to call upon the services of Trevoh Chalobah and N’Golo Kante against Everton, both of whom have returned to training.

We will get the latest team news from Tuchel – including when Mateo Kovacic’s period of self-isolation comes to an end after his positive Covid-19 test – as well as the Chelsea head coach’s thoughts on the visit of Everton.

Live updates will appear below

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