Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel has explained the reasons for his team selection to face Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.
The German makes just one change to the team that started the 2-0 win over Burnley on Sunday, but has set up his players slightly different from what we saw last time out. Tammy Abraham drops to the bench with right back Reece James replacing him as the Blues switch to four at the back. In the previous games he has overseen so far, Tuchel had deployed Callum Hudson Odoi at right wing back.
Speaking to the media just before kick off, Tuchel explained the thoughts behind his selection for the game against Tottenham. Asked whether James in the lineup would mean a change in position for CHO, the boss said “A little bit, a little bit”
“This is what we have in the pocket, and this is what we can decide because we have a squad with many good players. They deserve to play. We change from game to game what suits us best. Today is Reece’s turn to show up, and I hope he can”
Reece James is at right wing back and Hudson-Odoi just behind the striker alongside Mason Mount. The rest of the team remains the same in a 3-4-2-1 formation.
Chelsea starting eleven vs Spurs:
Mendy; Azpilicueta(C), Silva, Rudiger; Alonso, Jorginho, Kovacic, James; Mount, Hudson-Odoi, Werner
Subs: Kepa, Christensen, Chilwell, Emerson, Kante, Pulisic, Ziyech, Giroud, Abraham
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Tottenham starting eleven vs Chelsea:
Lloris (C), Aurier, Alderweireld, Dier, Davies, Hojbjerg, Sissoko, Ndombele, Bergwijn, Son, Vinicius.
Subs: Hart, Doherty, Sanchez, Rondon, Tanganga, Winks, Lamela, Bale, Lucas
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 4, 2021