Thomas Tuchel has acknowledged Chelsea’s fears over Ben Chilwell’s knee injury in Juventus’ 4-0 Champions League demolition.
Hillwell and N’Golo Kante fell out of Chelsea’s thumping of Juventus at Stamford Bridge, with both raising knee concerns.
Chelsea boss Tuchel admitted to hoping for the best in both cases but admitted England wing-back Chilwell has more complaints.
Trevoh Chaloba, Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Timo Werner drowned sorry Juventus, who were largely unable to keep up with the blues.
Now Chelsea will have to sweat the availability of France midfielder Kante and England star Chilwell for Sunday’s Premier League clash with Manchester United.
When asked about Chilwell’s injury, Tuchel replied: “Yeah, it worries me because he’s been in such a wonderful moment, like Reece James on the other side.
“They are both in the best shape that could possibly be, are so confident and playing with such quality.
“He (Chilwell) was in a lot of pain at the time on the pitch; Now he is feeling a little better but tomorrow he will have a test. Hopefully we won’t get carried away with too much bad news.
“And it’s a similar situation with N’Golo Kante, who bent his knee a bit, but hopefully it’s not too bad for N’Golo.”
Defending champions Chelsea secured a place in the knockout stages with their massive win over Juventus.
Bullish wing-back James became Chelsea’s outright top scorer with his fifth goal of the season, with five assists so far in this stint.
Chelsea’s first three goals were scored by academy graduates, with the club’s Cobham youth set-up continuing to produce goods for the first team.
Delighted German boss Tuchel insists that the home elements of Chelsea’s squad play a key role in the current success.
“When academy players score, the crowd loves it and I’m sure everyone likes it,” Tuchel said.
“It is what makes this team special, not only the superstars from overseas but also the people in the academy, who are full of quality and very humble. It is his biggest dream to perform at Stamford Bridge and be part of a strong Chelsea team.
“It’s great to see him be a part of it, it’s another excellent day for the academy, and all the credit goes to him.
“It is a pleasure to have these boys and I firmly believe that a big part of the success is having this mix of domestic talent and top players.
“It was a very strong performance. We had to be patient but at the same time account for the rhythm and intensity.
“We had to take care of the details, when to speed up the game. It was a great performance by all, so full credit goes to the players.
“It is an amazing achievement to score so many goals against such a well defended team.
“It’s important that we enjoy it, but also that we don’t get carried away.”
Frustrated Juve boss Max Allegri admitted his side finished second in west London, but refused to put the boot in his players.
“Chelsea are the champions of Europe and a very strong team,” Allegri said.
“We did well in the first half but after that we got punished.
“I’m not angry, but we could have done better in the second half.”