Tuchel reveals why he’s benching these three Chelsea players
Everything Thomas Tuchel does seems to be working, as the new boss is yet to taste defeat since his appointment in January.
While the German boss has a winning touch, some players have indeed been hard hit by his decisions. For example, Christian Pulisic, whom he has a good relationship with, is yet to start a Premier League game under Tuchel.
Tammy Abraham has struggled for game time under Tuchel, and he hasn’t made the Matchday squad in the last two games.
Tuchel told a press conference after beating Everton 2-0: “I cannot say anything but positive things about him [Pulisic].
“I think he only started for us in the cup game. In the end it’s my responsibility and my fault but it is a bit unfair but I know what an impact he can have in the last 20-30 mins (from the bench).
“He was unlucky in the last games, it is not a lack of trust or lack of quality, we just have to be patient.
“Maybe his problem is that from Dortmund I know how strong he is from the bench.”
Tuchel also revealed that it wasn’t an easy decision for him to bench Emerson, whom he also rates highly.
He said: “We have, for example, another guy I would love to mention is Emerson who suffers from bad decisions from me, who does not play but is an amazing guy and trains at the highest level, never lets the team down from his mentality.
“It was a super hard decision today to have him out of the squad, same with Tammy, it’s like this. It tells us we are a strong group and the guys need to keep on fighting, there is no other way.”