Tuchel on how we are compensating for strikers’ absence

Tuchel also discussed one potential difficulty of facing Newcastle at St James’ Park, as the club rides a wave of optimism following their recent high-profile takeover by new owners with much larger resources.

‘I cannot predict it, but things have changed for them, obviously, and maybe changed in the dressing room and maybe in the spirit within the club and the belief of the city and the belief of the supporters about what’s coming. Maybe that affects the atmosphere in the stadium for them and, of course, for us.

‘Newcastle will try to put out their best performance, the spectators will try to help, but we are responsible for us, to set new standards and at least to meet our standards of what we demand. We expect a tough game, this cannot be a surprise because we play in the Premier League and come to a very emotional and big club. That’s what we’re looking for and we need to be on our best level tomorrow to have a chance to catch the three points because we’re out for the three points.’

Another difficulty Tuchel and his staff are facing in preparing for this match is how hard it will be to predict how our opponents will play, given the recent departure of manager Steve Bruce and the fact his interim replacement Graeme Jones will be taking charge of his first home fixture on Saturday.

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