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Thomas Tuchel confirms huge injury BLOW ahead of Atletico Madrid clash, while Simeone says what changed at Chelsea under Tuchel

Thiago Silva of Chelsea celebrates with teammate Timo Werner after scoring their team's first goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on December 21, 2020 in London, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Chris Lee - Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

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Chelsea have received a huge injury blow ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League game with Atletico Madrid. Thiago Silva ruled out of the match, as he has been sidelined since liming out of the first half of the Blues’ 1-0 Premier League win over London rivals Tottenham.

“He is not available,” Tuchel said of Silva during Monday’s pre-match press conference. “He is training right now. We are leaving and he is not available.”

However, the German did confirm better news that both Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic will be in contention for the last 16 first-leg clash.

Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone analysed Chelsea under new boss Tuchel. Simeone told reporters at his pre-match press conference, as cited by Marca: “Chelsea are always an extremely powerful club financially that always strengthens itself very well. This year they did it with a group of young and very good footballers.

“Since Tuchel’s appointment, their numbers have improved a lot. Seeing the level of the three goalkeepers that they have, shows the potential of the team. The attackers could play for any team in Europe. Their squad speaks for itself.”

The two sides are set to go head-to-head in Bucharest on Tuesday in the home leg for Los Rojiblancos, who are unable to host the game in their Madrid home due to the Spanish government’s travel restrictions on arrivals from the UK.

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