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Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel revealed he may have to get inventive with his team selection amid a challenging period as the Blues prepare to travel to Wolves.

Chelsea have been somewhat out of sorts of late, most recently squandering a one-goal lead to be held at home by Everton, the Blues now three points behind second-placed Liverpool and four behind leaders Manchester City.

However, the problems do not just stop there either. COVID-19 cases and injuries have given Tuchel more to contend with, and he appreciates he may have to make some strange team decisions at Molineux.

"We have Jorginho as a doubt again because he is in pain, we have Loftus-Cheek a doubt because he is in pain," Tuchel said.

"Do we know if they can travel with us tomorrow? No, I don't know if it is possible if they can play on Sunday. I don't know.

"We need to find the balance now because we have put everything on Jorginho's shoulders.

"Ruben got injured yesterday, so let's see. Maybe we are forced to do crazy stuff that we would normally not do.

"But what is normal? We're missing key players and we need to find solutions."

Wolves ended a four-game slide with a 1-0 win at Brighton and Hove Albion on Wednesday, but head coach Bruno Lage's focus was on the quality of Chelsea ahead of Sunday.

"These types of teams, they don't have bad moments," Lage said.

"They have big players and are one of the best teams in the world. They won the last Champions League, they have a lot of experience, the manager has a lot of experience.

"(Tuchel) can replace several players because they have a good squad, and they do very well in his system, so they are very hard guys to play against, and they dominate their system."

Wolves - Roman Saiss

Only Raul Jimenez (seven) and Ruben Neves (six) have scored more goals in the Premier League for Wolves since the start of last season than defender Romain Saiss (five).

Chelsea - Mason Mount

Mason Mount has scored in each of his last four Premier League games for Chelsea - the last player to score in five in a row in the competition for the Blues was Frank Lampard between April/August 2010.

·Chelsea have alternated between defeat (3) and victory (2) in their last five Premier League away games against Wolves, losing 2-1 in this fixture last season.

·Wolves have lost 12 of their last 15 games against reigning European champions in all competitions, winning the other three. They've lost their last five such games in a row since beating Liverpool 1-0 at Molineux in August 1981.

·Wolves' home games have seen fewer goals scored than any other Premier League side's this season (12 - F5 A7), with no side netting fewer home goals so far this term than Wolves.

·At West Ham last time out, Chelsea lost away from home in the Premier League under Thomas Tuchel for just the second time. The Blues last lost consecutive away league games in December 2020 - a run of three, in which the second defeat was against Wolves.

·Wolves' last six Premier League matches have seen just four goals scored (two 1-0 wins, two 1-0 defeats, two 0-0 draws). It's the fewest goals scored across a six-game spell by any team in the competition since Wigan in January/February 2009 (also four), with Wigan's game after this run a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea.

Updated December 17, 2021

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