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Chelsea concerned that they may be without any unvaccinated players for their next UCL tie

Chelsea have requested clarification from UEFA following the French government’s confirmation that athletes would not be exempt from the vaccination pass requirement for their Champions League match in Lille.

Under current UEFA guidelines, players who are unable to travel owing to local government limitations are classified as positive. These guidelines will be re-examined the following week.

Chelsea’s fear implies that several members of Thomas Tuchel’s first-team squad are not completely vaccinated and hence will be unavailable for the tie’s second leg on March 16.

Lille may have similar difficulties returning all of their players to France following next month’s opening leg at Stamford Bridge. UEFA might elect to transfer both matches to neutral grounds, but insiders say that is unlikely since they do not want to jeopardize the vaccination campaign.

Meanwhile, Blues coach Tuchel has informed his team that their 13-point deficit to Manchester City is unacceptable.

Chelsea, who face Brighton on Wednesday, were expected to challenge City for the Premier League title following an impressive start to the season.

However, a winter slump has seen Tuchel’s team slip behind the leaders, and last Saturday’s defeat to City left them facing an uphill battle.

When asked if the 13-point deficit against City was acceptable, Tuchel responded: ‘Of course not; we would never tolerate that in the past.

‘We would not have accepted it a year ago, let alone four weeks ago, and I did not accept it last Saturday against City.’

Meanwhile, Manchester City have canceled their intentions to have a training camp in Abu Dhabi later this month because to a recent Covid outbreak within their team.

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