This is why Thomas Tuchel is not in the dugout against Plymouth

Chelsea have confirmed that head coach Thomas Tuchel has tested positive for Covid-19 and will therefore miss his side’s FA Cup clash with Plymouth Argyle.

The Blues take on the League One side at Stamford Bridge on February 5, before then heading out to Abu Dhabi to participate in the Club World Cup.

Tuchel is, however, hopeful of being able to join the rest of the squad in the United Arab Emirates next week, with their first match of the competition taking place on February 9.

Chelsea released a statement on February 5, a little over an hour before their FA Cup third-round fixture against Plymouth Argyle was due to kick-off, confirming that Tuchel had Covid-19.

The statement read: “The Chelsea head coach will now follow necessary self-isolation protocols and hopes to join up with the team in Abu Dhabi later next week.

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“The team fly out for the Club World Cup following this afternoon’s FA Cup clash with Plymouth Argyle.”

Tuchel’s assistant Arno Michels will be the main man in the dugout in the former Dortmund head coach’s absence.

Michels has previously worked alongside Tuchel at Mainz, Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain, while he spent his playing career in the third and fourth tiers of German football.

He began his coaching career, meanwhile, in the 2.Bundesliga with Eintracht Trier and LV Ahlen, before joining up with Tuchel in 2009.

The German will now self-isolate and hope to return in time to jet off to Abu Dhabi for the Club World Cup

Source: Goal

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