Chelsea FC XI vs Juventus: Predicted lineup, confirmed group information and injuries most current for Champions League activity


helsea’s Reece James will be out of motion for a “minimum” of 1 a lot more 7 days soon after twisting his ankle in opposition to Manchester Town.

The England defender will miss Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Juventus and Saturday’s match in opposition to Southampton, with Thomas Tuchel unable to give a exact day for his return.

James limped out of the 1- defeat to Town in advance of 50 %-time and Tuchel mentioned: “It’s even now extremely agonizing, and it will appear down to soreness administration in the conclude, how a great deal he can take. But correct now we are on the lookout at a bare minimum of just one additional 7 days.”

Chelsea will also be devoid of Mason Mount in Turin, with the midfielder nevertheless to recover from a knock, while N’Golo Kante has been ruled out right after testing beneficial for Covid-19.

Christian Pulisic is also out with an ankle injury picked up on worldwide duty.

It leaves Chelsea short of a range of crucial players for their 2nd activity in Team H following kicking off the defence of their Champions League crown with victory towards Zenit.

Tuchel tried out to get the stress off his gamers, insisting Chelsea are not favourites to retain the trophy, in spite of triumphing final period.

“It is really hard to be noticed as an underdog when you have just received a title, but I believe we came from a position as not favourites last time and we obtained superior with each and every match,” he explained.

“Then perhaps we ended up viewed as real contenders quite late in the levels of competition, that can often assist.

“Now, it is of training course straightforward to make us favourites. We have the experience that it provides us a higher worth to participate in versus us, a greater commitment for the opposition to engage in against us and we have to acknowledge this because it is our fault, we have won this level of competition.

“It is no mystery that we like this function, to most likely occur as an outsider or a challenger for this title. I think we are.

“I really don’t think we are favourites but we have revealed every person the performances we are capable of and that is now on us to make ourselves cost-free from these expectations and for them to not turn out to be our anticipations.”