Thomas Tuchel has admitted Premier League managers have little choice but to accept losing top players for pivotal matches due to international commitments.

Thiago Silva will miss Saturday's trip to Brentford due to his Brazil duties, with the experienced centre-back not even expected back in England until 24 hours before the match.

Antonio Rudiger has returned from Germany action with a back injury and will miss the Bees clash, though Romelu Lukaku is fit to feature after muscle soreness cut short his time with Belgium.

Tuchel believes football's top talents simply play too many matches, but also revealed elite managers feel as though they can have little sway in effecting any changes.

"We knew beforehand when Thiago would come back and when he would travel, so it's nothing new," said Tuchel.

"He will be back, this afternoon, hopefully, safe, Thiago from this match in Brazil.

"So we had our talk today about Brentford, we had our tactical training today, and he missed all that.

"He played 90 minutes, he has 12 hours of travelling, so that's the answer maybe about his availability - he is not.

"I don't like it, I think it's too many games, too many competitions for the top players in the clubs"

"I've got used to a lot of things in national breaks, this is how it is nowadays.

"Are we happy about it, all the coaches with the amount of games our players play for their countries? No, we are not. Does anybody ask us if we want to change anything? Also, no. So it's nothing new.

"We speak about it during the UEFA coaches' meetings, but it's the calendar.

"And after that you have to accept it. I'm not even too frustrated about it.

"I don't like it, I think it's too many games, too many competitions for the top players in the clubs.

"The game is for the players and the spectators.

"And the spectators want to have the top players on the pitch, they want them healthy, fit and hungry. And you cannot always provide it if you play so many games in so many different competitions.

"I'm actually not too frustrated, maybe it's just my body language today.

"I know what's coming, I know the next national break is coming, we have seven games in between and we try to do the best in every national break.

"Actually this national break was a little bit better for us, in terms of minutes and management of the players.

"This one even felt a little bit better at least than the last one. But the next one is on the horizon."