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Thomas Tuchel admits Tammy Abraham is “struggling” with his “hard decision”

Thomas Tuchel insists it is his job to make “hard decisions” after opting to leave Tammy Abraham out of Chelsea’s matchday squad.

The young striker was not even on the bench for their clash with Manchester United.

Olivier Giroud started at Stamford Bridge with Timo Werner coming off the bench in the second-half.

Tuchel opts to play with one centre-forward in his preferred system meaning competition for places is intense.

Abraham was a favourite under former Blues boss Frank Lampard.

This season he has scored six league goals – more than Werner and Giroud.

Tuchel admits the 23-year-old is “struggling” with his decision, but maintains he has his full support.

Tammy Abraham didn’t make the matchday squad

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

“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.

“We can nominate 18 players, plus goalkeepers so it is clear.

“It was also an unfair decision for Billy Gilmour because Billy played well in the cup and he was very strong in training.

Thomas Tuchel insists he has to make tough decisions
Thomas Tuchel insists he has to make tough 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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