Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel has revealed he is left with no option other than to use the club’s U23s against Brentford to ‘protect the players’.
The Blues boss has called up 12 academy players to train this week ahead of the Carabao Cup quarter-final on Wednesday.
“They trained with us yesterday and today,” said the head coach. “We made them come for two training sessions because it’s necessary.
“We have to protect our players and that’s why we brought in the academy and we think about playing with them.
“It can happen tomorrow that we prioritise the health – not the game against Aston Villa – and do not take any risks with some of our players.
“This is totally against our nature but maybe we are forced to do it. It makes me sad because this is not what sport is about and this is not what we are about.
“We are so competitive – that’s why we work here and that’s why the players signed for Chelsea. We are fighting for every competition.
“I absolutely don’t like judging the importance of games because you can never tell. There is nothing more important than winning, performing together and fighting together.”