Chelsea boss hails Edinson Cavani and likens him to 34-year-old Chelsea striker

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has claimed Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani’s self-discipline and fitness are the secrets behind the player’s longevity in the game.

The Uruguayan moved to Old Trafford from Paris Saint-Germain where he was managed by Tuchel for two seasons in the French capital.

The 34-year-old has missed the Red Devils’ last three games with a muscle injury, but he is expected to recover in time for the clash at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The German tactician has likened the Uruguayan to Blues striker Olivier Giroud, and believes both players commitment, professionalism and drive enables them to keep having an impact at the highest level.

“Look at them when they [Cavani and Giroud] switch shirts! They are totally fit,” Tuchel said when asked of the strikers’ secrets to longevity at a press conference on Friday.

“Their fitness is key. Oli is 100 per cent fit. Zero body fat. Same as Edi. He is a player like Oli who as a no9 is always concerned about the team, always ready to suffer for the team.

“Always ready to sacrifice, to do runs and open spaces, to defend with the whole team.

“This is the characteristic of them both. In the box, they are both excellent finishers, they don’t get nervous, they have the composure. Both are top quality strikers. And for me their fitness and self-discipline is key.”

Meanwhile, United remain in second place, six points clear of Chelsea who hope to reclaim their place in the top four this weekend.