Sport Tuchel calls on Havertz and Hudson-Odoi to step up for Chelsea
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Gary Neville believes Chelsea underlined their Premier League title credentials by surviving a late onslaught to beat Brentford 1-0 on Saturday Night Football. Edouard Mendy's stunning string of saves ensured Chelsea climbed back to the top of the Premier League, with Ben Chilwell's strike sealing a nervy 1-0 win at luckless Brentford. © Associated Press Cesar Azpilicueta was part of another Chelsea clean sheet England full-back Chilwell's second league goal in as many games pushed Chelsea back ahead of Liverpool in the standings - but Senegal stopper Mendy's inspired showing secured the points.
has told and Callum Hudson-Odoi to 'prove a point' and fill the boots of injured duo and Timo Werner.
Lukaku hobbled out of's 4-0 Champions League win over Malmo with an ankle problem, while Werner suffered a hamstring injury. Blues boss Tuchel confirmed both forwards will be sidelined in the coming weeks even though specific prognoses are yet to be determined.
Hudson-Odoi laid on Havertz's goal as the duo linked up well in smart cameos against Malmo, leaving manager Tuchel to lay down the gauntlet for Saturday's Norwich clash and beyond.
Lukaku has gone SIX games without a Chelsea goal and is struggling
Apart from the winner against Zenit Saint-Petersburg in the Champions League on September 14, Lukaku's goals have dried up. He has not scored for Chelsea in five weeks now.It was hoped Timo Werner would be that man when he signed from RB Leipzig 12 months ago but the German's well-documented struggles meant he only managed 12 goals in his debut campaign at Stamford Bridge.
'There's always a chance to prove a point and it's always necessary to prove it for our players, so I would say to them, prove a point now,' said Tuchel. 'Everybody is invited to join the race for minutes on the pitch.
'And when they have minutes on the pitch they need to show the hunger on the pitch, to be decisive in the box. This is what we did against Malmo and we need exactly the same thing on Saturday against Norwich.
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SAMI MOKBEL AT STAMFORD BRIDGE: Chelsea lurched into a worrying attacking injury crisis against Malmo as Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner limped off with injuries before half-time. Earlier in the day, Chelsea fans were daydreaming about the prospect of adding another jewel to their attacking crown following a revealing interview from Tuchel in his native Germany.
'We need goals to win matches and we want to find solutions without Romelu and Timo, that's clear.'
Jorginho's two penalties and Andreas Christensen's first Chelsea goal ensured the Blues eased past the overwhelmed Swedes at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
A facile victory sets Chelsea's Group H challenge back on track after a frustrating 1-0 defeat at Juventus, and now Tuchel's men will return to league action.
The Blues sit top of the table ahead of the weekend's Premier League action, where Norwich will pitch up in west London.
Insisting he prefers to select for each match on its merits rather than for rotation's sake, Tuchel said: 'We take the games step by step, there's no more important game than the game we play on this match day.
'The guys who are on the pitch deserve to start, there are no gifts and no resting players.
Mount vows to rediscover his goal touch amid Chelsea injury crisis
Mason Mount has vowed to rediscover his goal touch as Chelsea prepare to fight on without Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner. The Blues are facing an anxious wait to discover the full extent of the injuries suffered by the forward pair against Malmo on Wednesday.It is feared Lukaku has damaged ligaments in his right ankle and was undergoing tests yesterday - but club medics will not know the definitive prognosis on the Belgian's injury until the swelling has reduced, with a more concrete view expected today.
'We put the best line-up in our belief to have the best chance to beat Brentford in Brentford and then we put the best line-up on this very day to beat whoever arrives in the Champions League.
'And the next one is Saturday (at) 12.30pm and we will put again the best team. We will have to be very careful in recovery. It will be easy preparation, because we want the same performance again.
'It will be one of the shortest meetings in my coaching history, we want exactly the same again. And we have the chance to switch on some positions, to demand from everybody physically the same input and then let's see.'
Chelsea vs Southampton preview: Kante to return? .
Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Chelsea vs Southampton in the Carabao Cup fourth round on Tuesday; kick-off 7.45pm. Team newsChelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante missed the Norwich game because of concerns over a slight muscle tightness, but should be involved against Saints. © Associated Press N'Golo Kante is expected to be involved against Southampton Thomas Tuchel said: "The (Norwich) game was too early. He did the full training on Friday and after training, he said he feels his muscles a bit tight.