By Saikat Mandal

19th Aug, 2022 | 9:11pm

Thomas Tuchel's one-game touchline ban suspended ahead of Leeds United v Chelsea

Thomas Tuchel has been fined £35,000 and handed a one-match touchline ban by the FA ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash against Leeds United.

The Chelsea boss was involved in an altercation with Antonio Conte after the 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge in the previous game against Tottenham Hotspur and both were shown red cards.

Phil Hay of The Atheltic reported on 19 August that Tuchel’s one-game ban has been “temporarily suspended” and that he can be in the dug-out against the Whites.

Both the managers have accepted that their behaviour during the draw was improper, but Tuchel’s one-match suspension is currently suspended, pending written reasons from an independent regulatory commission.

Hay wrote on Twitter: “Tuchel’s one-game touchline ban temporarily suspended so likely to be in the dug-out at Elland Road on Sunday.”

Confident

The Whites have made a good start to the season, remaining unbeaten in their opening two games.

Both the teams have picked up four points from their opening two games, and it could be a cracking contest on Sunday at Elland Road.

The Blues are missing the services of N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic for this game, while striker Armando Broja is also unavailable.

These are early phases of a season, but a victory here would lift the morale of the squad.

After a disappointing 2021-22 campaign, and the re-development work that took place this summer, a victory against a top side like Chelsea would indicate that the club is heading in the right direction.

The Whites need to defend well, and Chelsea have enough quality in their attacking ranks to hurt them. Leeds won 2-1 against Wolves at Elland Road, and they will feel they can get a positive result on Sunday.

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