LONDON (REUTERS) – Chelsea’s forwards are misfiring within the Premier League as a consequence of their defensive workload, supervisor Thomas Tuchel mentioned on Tuesday (Dec 30), however the German supervisor trusts his staff to get them again to their objective scoring greatest.
League leaders Chelsea have scored 31 targets this season – second-best behind Liverpool’s tally of 39 – however they’ve struggled to complete off their possibilities in latest video games whereas their primary striker Romelu Lukaku was additionally injured for a month.
Chelsea had almost 50 pictures on objective of their final two house matches towards Burnley and Manchester United however each video games ended 1-1 to chop the London facet’s lead down to at least one level.
“I believe they (forwards) attempt onerous. Their contribution to our fashion of sport, to the excessive urgent, is immense,” Tuchel advised reporters forward of Wednesday’s Premier League journey to Watford.
“We must always possibly consider that once they arrive with the possibilities, they do not arrive absolutely relaxed. Possibly that prices us a little bit of precision generally, however we scored many targets earlier than.
“We belief them, they’ve the standard to attain for us. It’s on us to deliver them in positions the place it is doable for them to attain and to do that as usually as doable.”
With German ahead Timo Werner additionally lacking a number of video games with damage, wing again Reece James is Chelsea’s high scorer within the league with 4 targets.
Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell, Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante stay sidelined with accidents whereas Tuchel mentioned late calls can be made on James, Jorginho and Werner.
Watford, sixteenth, even have a number of gamers unavailable, with key winger Ismaila Sarr out for at the least a month as a consequence of a knee ligament damage.