Thomas Tuchel accepted blame for Tammy Abraham’s lack of game time at Chelsea.
Both Abraham and Billy Gilmour were excluded from their national teams for the upcoming internationals in March.
“He’s had a bit of a tough time,” Tuchel said of Abraham.
“He suffers a little bit also from me not finding the real formation up front. Like, ‘Okay, let’s play always like this, this is your position, these are the guys you compete against, try to compete against A, B and C and therefore you can go’.
“It’s a bit more complex because I need to get to know the team better. We have Timo [Werner] who can play as a number nine, we have Olivier [Giroud] and Kai [Havertz], so he suffers a little bit from all these circumstances.
“It’s not his fault, it is also maybe more my fault than his fault. We have some talks now to encourage him never to give in, to accept the situation and to not overthink it and to just come back to the momentum in training and to stay positive.
“The team is winning now without him, he could feel a bit excluded, but it is not like this with him so hopefully he can be back now in the squad, be totally free. There are some hard choices, there’s still a long way to go and he’s part of it.”
As for Gilmour, Tuchel believes the youngster will need to wage through competition first He said, “He has three big problems – N’Golo Kante, Kovacic and Jorginho.
“They are never injured and perform on a level in central midfield, it is not easy to compete with them. This is the only thing. I have no trust issue with him, I have no problem with his attitude.”