Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel sends stern message to Premier League over five substitutes rule

Chelsea will play for the ninth and final time in December on Wednesday when they face Brighton and their brutal schedule comes to an end.

It has been a full-on month for Thomas Tuchel’s men, with seven Premier League games, a Carabao Cup win over Brentford and a trip to Zenit St Petersburg in the Champions League all taking place.

Add a Covid outbreak at the club’s training ground to all those games played, it has been a very demanding period for the Blues, who have just about kept themselves in the race for the Premier League title, reached a League Cup semi final and secured a spot in the last 16 of the Champions League.