Thomas Tuchel has stated he’s aware that his side has an “advantage” over Tottenham ahead of Chelsea’s clash with the north London club on Sunday afternoon.
The upcoming fixture at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will see an unbeaten Blues face off against a seventh-place Spurs side who have just come off the back of a late European game.
Spurs endured a tough game on Thursday evening against French outfit Rennes, a match that ended in a 2-2 stalemate.
Now Nuno Espírito Santo’s men will have to face their London rivals just several days later.
Chelsea, meanwhile, will benefit from a longer rest, their side beating Zenit 1-0 in the Champions League two days before their opponents, on Tuesday night.
And Tuchel acknowledged the fitness discrepancy between the two clubs in Friday’s press conference.
He said via Football.London: “It's good. I like it. We had a recovery day yesterday and now have two training sessions. It is good for us, it is an advantage."
The German boss also spoke about the club’s marquee signing Romelu Lukaku, who arrived from Inter Milan for £97.5 million over the summer window.
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The Belgian striker has already marked his return to Stamford Bridge with four games in four appearances.
Tuchel spoke about the forward’s possible impact in the upcoming game. He said: “We have Romelu in now, he is a key player.
"We lose some players in the group. We took the decision to have Ruben, Malang and Barkley in our squad. These things take time. Everybody knows now who we rely on in our squad list.”
While Tuchel said about Chelsea's superb form so far: “I'm not saying we're not playing well, we can play better but we are tough to beat.
"A win helps with the atmosphere, keep calm and also be open to criticism. In the moment, I feel everybody is aware that we can do better. We are not really bad but we can do better."
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