Thomas Tuchel explains why he snubbed Chelsea star

Thomas Tuchel had to make some tough decisions.

The 23-year old forward has scored 12 goals and made six assists in 30 appearances in all competitions this season – more than Werner and Giroud but Tuchel opted to leave him from the Chelsea squad altogether for their clash with Manchester United.

He was a regular starter under former boss Frank Lampard.

Thomas Tuchel admits Tammy is struggling with his decision for not earning a place even on the bench.

“Selection. We have 21 strong players and only 18 possible [to be picked]. It is my job to take hard decisions,” said the German coach.

“This was the decision for 18 guys and Tammy was not with the group.

“At the moment he is only struggling with my decision. We have a strong squad. We have only Thiago Silva injured that means we have to make hard decisions.

“It was a hard decision. It was about judging the alternatives that we have and we opted for Olivier Giroud to begin, Timo Werner on the bench.

“We have Kai Havertz who can play as a number nine so there was no need to bring a fourth number nine to the pitch.

“Things are difficult for him. Things are not as easy as they should be for him in the moment and he will get full support. This was the decision.”


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