Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel believes the injured Thiago Silva would have been the most important player to face Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night.

The Blues travel to Atletico in a first leg last 16 clash, where Chrisitian Pulisic and Kai Havertz will make a return from their respective injuries.

“I’m very happy that both Kai and Christian are in the group. They trained with us earlier and had no complaints. They will travel with us and they are in the squad for tomorrow,” Tuchel told Chelsea’s media.

However, the highly experienced Silva is still nursing his thigh injury.

“This is a game that is certainly made for someone of Thiago’s quality but unfortunately he is not available. He is training right now, while we are leaving shortly,” Tuchel added.

The German also shared his views on the team’s spirit, while also expressing due respect for the mighty Atletico Madirid.

“I think we are well equipped [to compete in the Champions League], I love what I see on a daily basis at Cobham. I love what I feel, I love what I see with the intensity, the quality and the hunger in training.

“Of course t’s a big test. They are an experienced club at his level with an experienced coach. Hopefully it brings out the best in us,” Tuchel concluded.


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