‘We need a bit of patience’ – Tuchel on Rudiger contract latest

Rudiger will make his 22nd club appearance of the season if selected against Leeds, though the Blues have had to contend with a more difficult run in recent games that has seen us win just one of the past four in all competitions.

While Tuchel has pinpointed various aspects of the slight drop in standards, he does not believe that the Chelsea number two’s form has suffered too much and expects him to be firing on all cylinders today after the midweek rest.

‘With Toni, his dip in form is very, very slight, if there is even one,’ added the Blues head coach.

‘He’s played so much that he needed the break we gave him but I honestly expect him to be in top shape now.’