Chelsea say a request to postpone Sunday’s Premier League game at Wolves was rejected

Chelsea, led by Thomas Tuchel, is third in the Premier League table after 17 matches

Blues coach Thomas Tuchel said Chelsea were “furious” at the rejection of his request to postpone Sunday’s Premier League match against Wolverhampton due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

The German coach said the club believed it had “a strong case for the safety and health of the players”.

“It’s very difficult to understand,” said Tuchel, who confirmed there were seven positive cases at the club.

Six of the 10 league matches played over the weekend have been postponed due to Covid.

Chelsea were already without Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner and Callum Hudson-Odoi due to positive Covid tests.

As a result, the European champions were only able to name four players off the field on the bench for the match against Wolverhampton. Among them is midfielder Mateo Kovacic, who missed 11 games.

“We made a request not to play and we put the situation under control and we refused,” Tuchel said.

“We were forced to stay on the bus and travel together for three hours, we were in meetings together, over dinner and lunch – and the situation didn’t seem to stop.

“We end up with players coming in from injuries and taking risks.

“I’m concerned from a medical point of view, we’ve had four days of consecutive positive tests. How would you stop if we were on a bus together and in meetings together?”

“We’re disappointed, we’re a little angry.”

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