Tuchel explains Kante's half-time substitution against Villa
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Tuchel explains Kante's half-time substitution against Villa

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has played down injury fears that N'Golo Kante picked a knock in the Blues EFL Cup win over Aston Villa on Wednesday night. 

The midfielder captained the side at Stamford Bridge but was substituted at half-time for Mason Mount. 

Kante has been troubled with injury issues in recent months but was at his influential best as he came off the bench to help the Blues beat Tottenham 3-0 in the Premier League last weekend. 

"For Mason and N’Golo it was clear that we share the game," Tuchel said. 

He further explained why Romelu Lukaku was introduced for the last 15 minutes of the game.

"‘Thiago and Romelu we had for both cases. We said to Thiago maybe we need you for the last 15 if it was necessary to defend and have someone with experience and calm.

"With Romelu we said if we need you 10-15 minutes from the end if we need a goal and this is why they were with us,"

"Ross Barkley was strong from the bench and some other guys who didn’t play for a long time stepped up and showed their competitiveness,"

Timo Werner gave the Blues the lead in the second half before the Villans equalised through Cameron Archer.

The match was then forced to go to penalties, where Tuchel's side kept their cool, winning 4-3.