Thomas Tuchel makes Chelsea stance clear on five competitions amid possible 2022 fixture pile-up

Thomas Tuchel has insisted he will not disrespect any of the competitions Chelsea will play in next year as the Blues battle on five separate fronts for trophies.

Chelsea are expected to be heavily involved in the Premier League title race despite their recent drop off in form, will take on Lille in the last 16, face Brentford in the Carabao Cup next week, host Chesterfield in the FA Cup third round early next year and also have the Club World Cup to play in Abu Dhabi next February.

Liverpool were involved in the Club World Cup back in 2019, winning the competition after beating Flamengo in extra time out in Qatar to add to their Champions League triumph six months before.

Jurgen Klopp sent a full strength squad to the Middle East for the tournament but that meant they had to effectively sacrifice a Carabao Cup quarter final against Aston Villa. That game was to be played on December, with Liverpool playing their first Club World Cup match a day later on the 18th.

The Reds effectively played an under-23s team for the Villa game and were subsequently overwhelmed 5-0 by a Villa side then managed by Dean Smith at Villa Park while the first team prepared for their game in Qatar.

With Chelsea still in five competitions this season, Tuchel was asked about his plans for rotation in his squad, which has been depleted by Covid cases this weeks, throughout the remainder of the season and if he would do what Liverpool did and prioritise the Club World Cup over the Carabao Cup.

I think they [Liverpool] did because they played one day later in Qatar,” Tuchel said.

“I think they would not have sacrificed it if they had three or four days in between, they would have tried to find solutions.

“But no, we will never do this because if we think we need to rest players or give players a chance to play, like it’s a tradition in the Carabao Cup, then we will do it but we will always prepare to win the match.

“This is the spirit we have to keep going.

“It is a struggle, of course it is a struggle and it feels very demanding, I can assure you of that./ For everybody, the staff and the players but we will push through and pursue it, there is no other option.

“We love to be in these competitions and we want to stay in them. We want to arrive in March, April or May in these competitions. So no, we don’t start judging games and the value for those games.”

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