After having his first-choice shot-stopper ruled out, the Blues boss had to alter his goalkeeping plans for a derby match against Tottenham.
What’s been said so far?
Chelsea manager Tuchel explained why Mendy was absent from the 3-0 win over Tottenham to reporters, saying: “We tried during the week and on Saturday in training it was so-so.”
“It comes from the last-minute kick against Zenit in the Champions League.
“It is very painful and he did not feel 100 per cent comfortable going for a full stretch or to land on it. He didn’t feel comfortable to fight at set-pieces or corners.
“So we decided to go with 100 per cent and that was Kepa and have Edou with us to be supportive and have good energy.
“I’m happy Kepa played a crucial role and kept a clean sheet. This is what he deserves and I am happy that he could.”
Chelsea will host Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup third round on Wednesday.
With Tuchel shifting his pack in domestic cup competition, Kepa would have likely stepped in regardless of whether Mendy was ready or not.
The Blues, on the other hand, will be expecting to have their established number one available for their next Premier League match.
Tuchel will face Pep Guardiola’s side for the first time since beating them in the 2021 Champions League final at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.