Chelsea press conference LIVE: Thomas Tuchel on Romelu Lukaku’s return, Thiago Silva deal and Spurs

Chelsea face Spurs in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final on Wednesday night amid some intriguing intrigue ahead of the game.

Antonio Conte, now in charge of Tottenham, will return to Stamford Bridge for the first time since his acrimonious departure in 2018 after two years at the helm of the club, no doubt seeking to overtake his former employers.

For the Blues, Romelu Lukaku’s story continues to rumble, with forward and head coach Thomas Tuchel having clear talks on Monday at the Cobham training ground after the striker’s explosive interview with Sky Italia this week. last.

Tuchel dropped Lukaku for the 2-2 draw with Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday, but he is expected to return to the Chelsea squad for the Spurs game, according to reports, with the striker’s training on Monday in Cobham.

Also on Monday, the Blues announced a new one-year contract extension for veteran defender Thiago Silva, who will extend his stay to a third year after his free transfer from Paris St Germain in 2020.

The 37-year-old has been fantastic for Chelsea not only this season but since his arrival, ending one of the many contract issues the Blues have with their defenders as the second half of the season approaches. season, although there are still the futures of Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta to be settled.

Trevoh Chalobah is in doubt for the Spurs game after sustaining a hamstring injury in Liverpool’s draw, while the Blues will be without long-term absentees Ben Chilwell and Reece James.

Tuchel will give us the latest injury news and a preview of the Spurs clash when he takes on the media at 1:30 p.m. this afternoon, which you can follow via our live blog below.

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