Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel names two players who can revive Premier League title bid

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Chelsea’s Premier League title bid has taken a hit in recent weeks after a spate of draws and losses. However, manager Thomas Tuchel remains optimistic and has named two stars who can bring the Premier League title to Stamford Bridge for the first time in five years.

Chelsea last won the title under Antonio Conte in 2016/17, with the Italian manager taking the Blues to 93 points with what was then the record of 30 wins in a single season.

The Stamford Bridge side have failed to produce anything of that ilk since, although the Champions League has since returned to west London.

Yet with the domestic accolade in Tuchel’s sight despite their ongoing injury crisis, the German has named two players he thinks can help him to the title: N’Golo Kante and Romelu Lukaku.

“He is superman,” Tuchel said of Kante.

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“When he is on the pitch he gives you that feeling, maybe the stadium. He reassures everybody else on the pitch that we have some extra force there, some extra gear and that’s why he is so important.”

The Blues are currently undergoing injury worries, with Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Ben Chilwell all out – alongside a rumoured three players testing positive for Covid-19.

And Tuchel has claimed that is a huge advantage for their title rivals – but he believes the return of Kante and Lukaku can breathe new life into their title bid after just two wins from their last four league games.

“That’s the big advantage at the moment for City and Liverpool,” he continued. “They have everybody available and you see it. We don’t have everybody available.

“We have key players out for weeks and weeks and weeks and we feel it.

“The guys are here doing good. We will never complain. I am happy with everybody who plays – every three days.

“These players are Chelsea players for a reason. They are top, top international players for a reason. And when they’re out for too long it’s huge.”

Tuchel’s men are severely missing Lukaku, with the forward having scored just five non-penalty goals in their last four Premier League games.

But Tuchel believes the Belgian is closer to a return than ever before.

“I think he can play 70-plus minutes, but it depends how the game goes,” he said.

“We brought him in for consistency, but like it or not there is adaptation going on. If you play in Italy or England it’s a very, very different game.”

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