Thomas Tuchel explained his team’s selection for the team that faced Arsenal in the Premier League match on Wednesday night.
The Blues suffered a shock 4-2 home defeat to their London rival, with many fans questioning the choice of Tuchel’s team.
Antonio Rudiger and Mateo Kovacic missed the match due to minor injuries, and were replaced by Malang Sar and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Romelu Lukaku was also a favorite up front, with Kai Havertz, who has been playing as a false number nine in recent months on the bench.
Speaking before the match, Tuchel provided insight into his choice of players for the night.
“You’ve been asking about him a lot, so I finally put him in! Kai Havertz is saddled so it’s time to go with Romelu.”
The Blues could not cope with Arsenal’s pace and dribbling in the first half, with individual errors also evident as the match went into the first half and tied 2-2.
Tuchel then made a change in the first half, bringing in Thiago Silva in place of Andreas Christensen.
“He said he couldn’t go on, so I think he was having some problems and that’s why. I don’t send a player off because he made one foul. I must also say that the field is difficult to play here.”
This was the third consecutive defeat for the Blues at home, after losing to Brentford in the league, and Real Madrid in the Champions League.
“There is nothing else to analyze. We have proven in the last three games and we thought we had learned our lessons from Brentford and Real Madrid but obviously we didn’t.”
Next is another derby in London at home against West Ham led by David Moyes.