Though the situation changes daily, the Reds head into the New Year with their spirits hit by a 1-0 loss to Leicester, but in largely strong shape in terms of fitness.
For Chelsea, though, it is a different story, with Reece James and Andreas Christensen joining Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva on the injury list, while Kai Havertz and Timo Werner have missed recent games with Covid.
“[There is] no need to look ahead. We can try to find players who are ready to play,” he said.
“We have no more wing-backs. We have everybody injured. Players come back from a Covid situation then they’re playing, playing, playing.
“I will always protect my players. First of all, we need to digest this, then I will talk about the next game.”
But unlike the other club whose schedule has been unaffected, Man City, the Blues have clearly been impacted by the situation, with Tuchel ruing a “very intense match” in midweek.
“We needed another two changes because of injuries, so in the dressing room they’re completely, completely exhausted,” the Chelsea manager continued.
“It’s the same subject every single matchday now.”
He added: “We had two injuries, again. We have players who would normally be out after 60 minutes.”
James will certainly miss the New Year game, which will be the first in the Premier League‘s trial of safe standing, with Tuchel now without his two first-choice wing-backs.
If Silva and Christensen are both absent, it could be that Malang Sarr comes in for only his second league start.