THOMAS TUCHEL has arrived in Abu Dhabi ahead of Chelsea’s Club World Cup final against Palmeiras.
The Champions League champions missed Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Al-Hilal in the following Wednesday’s semi-final tested positive for Covid.
Tuchel was forced to watch the game from England when his assistant Zsolt Low took charge of the touchline.
But Tuchel could now be set to return Poison in tomorrow’s match.
The German returned a negative test result today, allowing him fly on a private jet to the UAE.
And if Tuchel comes back to another negative test while abroad, he will be in control tomorrow as Chelsea strive to win their first Club World Cup.
The strategist had a smile on his face as he faced off in Abu Dhabi on Friday, greeting his Chelsea teammates with high punches.
And assistant Low has previously revealed he’d love for Tuchel to get in on his post-brush action with Covid.
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“I hope he can get to the final once he has followed the rules and protocols,” Low said. We hope he can come and enjoy the final.
“If he can’t come, we’re well prepared and there will be a lot of meetings during the day.”
As for Palmeiras, Low added: “We know a lot about Palmerias and have been to the Copa Libertadores twice before and expected a very difficult game.
“Thiago and Kennedy talk about how good the Palmeiras fans are and we expect a lot from them.
“But it’s a big game for us. Only two English clubs have won this title and Chelsea have never won it so we want to win it.”
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Chelsea vice-captain Jorginho added: “It is unfortunate that Thomas is not here for the semi-final but he hopes he will join us in the game.
“When your manager is here, he energizes you in the dressing room.
“We want to win this trophy, an important trophy. Right now, we’re not thinking about the Premier League.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/football/premier-league/4667989/chelsea-tuchel-club-world-cup-palmeiras-covid/ Watch Thomas Tuchel arrive in Abu Dhabi for the Club World Cup final between Chelsea and Palmeiras after missing the semi-final against Covid