Chelsea 2-0 Lille: Five things we learnt as Kai Havertz gives Thomas Tuchel a Carabao Cup final selection headache

Chilwell is on Tuchel’s miss list

Thomas Tuchelโ€™s cries of โ€œMarcos, Marcos, Marcosโ€ against Lille were picked up by the TV broadcasters on Tuesday and we were all treated to the same ear bashing received by left wing-back Marcos Alonso. In recent weeks, Tuchel has rotated players like Malang Sarr, Callum Hudson-Odoi or Christian Pulisic into this position despite it not being a notable role of strength for any, Alonso has also been substituted in his last two starts so the signs are that his manager isnโ€™t happy. I imagine Tuchel is keeping a keen eye on Ben Chilwellโ€™s recovery as many of us are.

Seven doesn’t go into a front three

With Romelu Lukaku not making an appearance in the front three against Lille, it allowed the opportunity for Kai Havertz and Pulisic to play more natural positions and produce top performances.

A recent stat showed that Chelsea score 1.5 goals per game with Lukaku in the team and 2.5 without him and Hakim Ziyech has undeniably been the main man for Chelsea in 2022 so far. On Tuesday we saw a lively but brief ten-minute appearance from Timo Werner, arguably the figure who has lost the most from Lukakuโ€™s arrival and Hudson-Odoi, a player desperately in need of adding consistency to his game was out injured.

As we know, there are only three spots up for grabs and Mason Mount if available, likely takes one, and then there is the rumoured return of one Eden Hazard. With it being a World Cup year, players will be seeking game time and we could be destined for some disgruntlement amongst our plethora of forward-thinking talent.

Jamal Edwards, one of our own

As the match clock at Stamford Bridge entered its 31st minute fans around the stadium joined together in a clap and chorus for the late Jamal Edwards MBE who sadly passed away on Sunday evening. Jamal was a pioneer in the music industry and a passionately devoted Chelsea fan, and he was honoured by all corner of the stadium in a heartfelt applause and tribute. May he rest in peace.

The injury curse continues after Ziyech falls against Lille

The injuries to Mateo Kovacic and Ziyech which saw them withdrawn from the match with Lille have had many of us sweating ahead of the League Cup final.

It feels like the team have suffered more than our average share of injuries this season, but the impact is being felt so hard mainly because we have been hit where it hurts, with Chilwell, Reece James and Kante and Kovacic earlier in the season, players that are fundamental to Tuchelโ€™s system.

Though we must wait and see on these latest injuries, we should see James and Mount returning to the squad ahead of the final on Sunday so that’s great news and could mean we see Cesar Azpilicueta covering the aforementioned troublesome left-wing back spot!

A job still to do in the Lille second leg

What do they say the most dangerous score in football is? Those of us of a certain age will all remember being on the wrong side of that scoreline against Liverpool in the FA UP back in 1997 at half time. Only for Gianluca Vialli to score two in front of the Shed (which at the time was a construction site) whilst unknowingly being on the path to glory.

I digress….Lille are not a bad sign and used the ball well to break when in possession. Their league position this season paints an inaccurate picture of their true potential and we must treat the game with respect, taking it on its own merit, seeking to win it as if it were another final. That’s right, another.

Written by Rosy Cobb (@WeKnowWWA)

Edited by Tom Coley (@tomcoley49)

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