Thomas Tuchel, the club’s manager, has reported four injuries to Chelsea Football Club players.
The club had just lost to Charlotte FC in a preseason game when the German spoke. The absence of Timo Werner, Cesar Azpilicueta, Ross Barkley, and Kepa Arrizabalaga from the first team was justified by Tuchel.
Timo has some hamstring problems so we didn’t take the risk tonight. Kepa has had some pain that was disturbing him to feel free in movements, nothing too much but we didn’t take the risk. Azpi took a big knock above his knee on his muscle in training. He ran into Edou ( Mendy) in am accident and is in some discomfort but if it was a premier league match then I think we would have taken the risk. We just felt that today it was not worth it in case he did any further damage and is out for another three or four days. Ross has felt his hamstring for a few days now, the same like Timo. It is more of a discomfort than an injury but like the others, we didn’t think there was a need to take a risk at this stage lf the pre-season.
Christian Pulisic scored the opening goal for Chelsea in the first half, but the game ended in a draw after regulation. Chelsea lost the game 5-3 in penalties after the score remained tied at 1-1.