Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Kai Havertz have joined Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ben Chilwell as confirmed cases. That meant N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic were thrown into action earlier than expected after the recent injury layoffs.
Tuchel said: “I understand the decision. They say, “Look, they have 14 players”, but if you look a little more in detail, you see Trevoh Chalobah with two training sessions, Mateo Kovacic, one training session, you see N’Golo Kante has one. training session.
“We are putting a huge risk to health and safety physically and not just to Covid. It was the decision and of course, that’s it. I don’t know if I catch it and I hope I don’t catch it. Will I play sports the next day if I have to isolate myself for 10 days?
“We put Kova in a Premier League game on the second day after a Covid infection. So if you count that as 14 valuable players to play in the Premier League – the toughest league in the world – at the level it needs, okay that’s it.
“We can survive a game, but we’ll pay the price. At some point, we’ll pay the price, that’s for sure.
Tuchel added: “The problem is not the points we lost today. Did City win against Newcastle? Okay, so it’s predictable.
“The points that hurt are the ones we lost at home to Man United, Burnley and Everton. These are the six points that hurt and not today.
“I cannot and will not comment on other games that are postponed or not postponed. We have never compared ourselves to any other situation.
“We were just worried about the safety of our players. The players were worried about their health as we had several consecutive positive tests on consecutive days and that was it. “