Good afternoon and welcome to live coverage of Chelsea’s FA Cup third-round clash against non-league Chesterfield at Stamford Bridge.
The game is the Blues’ third in a week and all have come in different competitions. It’s partly why Thomas Tuchel is expected to heavily rotate this side.
Yet the Chelsea head coach insists today’s contest is not a mere formality for his side despite the National League leaders sitting 91 places below the Blues in the English football pyramid.
“We can lose any game in football,” Tuchel said. “That’s why the game is so popular. You will never hear me say we can’t lose before a game. This would be hugely arrogant. This is not the attitude with which we want to approach the game tomorrow.
“Of course, we are favourites. The opposite to Germany where we would switch the home advantage to the lower team. We have the advantage of no travel and playing in front of our spectators in our home stadium.
“Yes, we are the huge favourites. We want to win and we demand it from ourselves. Still, we respect the game and the opponent. You can demand it from yourself but if you think it through, you need a performance to deliver.
“We need to be ready, have a strong squad, a squad that’s ready to enjoy these minutes because if you want to reach the next round. You need to win and this is as boring as it is but it is like this.”
Tuchel will be without Ben Chilwell (knee), Reece James (hamstring), Trevoh Chalobah (hamstring), Thiago Silva (Covid), N’Golo Kante (Covid). Cesar Azpilicueta may also be rested having suffered from cramp in the midweek win over Tottenham in the Carabao Cup.
The German has, however, promised to put out a strong side against Chesterfield and we will have all the build-up, the confirmed team news and goal and score updates from the match.
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