Chelsea boss Tuchel explains decision to start Ziyech over Werner vs Man United

Chelsea vs Man United

Chelsea and Manchester United are currently locked in action at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues headed into the tie enjoying a fine start to life under new boss Thomas Tuchel.

Before Sunday, the Blues had managed to remain unbeaten in eight outings across all competitions under the German.

Such fine form had put the Londoners firmly back in the race for a Champions League place this season.

And after West Ham dropped points against Manchester City on Saturday, Chelsea knew a victory over Man United would see them take the Hammers’ place in the top-four.

Seeing off a Man United side who have lost just four league games all season and are the PL’s top scorers at present is easier said than done though, with Sunday’s meeting one of Tuchel’s toughest tests since he moved to England.

Tuchel explains Ziyech > Werner against Man United

Ahead of kick-off, Chelsea of course released their starting line-up an hour before.

And there were a number of interesting decisions made by the German including Ben Chilwell starting over Marcos Alonso.

Another was the inclusion of Hakim Ziyech from the off with Timo Werner on the bench.

The German has been a regular future under Tuchel, whilst Ziyech had notched just 14 minutes of action in the Londoners’ last five league games.

The former PSG boss, though, has since provided an explanation for his decision to start Ziyech over Werner, suggesting the Moroccan’s display vs Atletico Madrid and Werner needing a rest were key reasons why he made that choice:

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City FC 26 36 62
2 Manchester United FC 25 21 49
3 Leicester City FC 26 15 49
4 West Ham United FC 26 9 45
5 Chelsea FC 25 16 43
6 Liverpool FC 25 11 40
7 Everton FC 24 4 40
8 Tottenham Hotspur FC 25 14 39
9 Aston Villa FC 24 12 39
10 Arsenal FC 26 7 37
11 Leeds United 26 -1 35
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 26 -6 34
13 Crystal Palace FC 26 -14 33
14 Southampton FC 25 -12 30
15 Burnley FC 26 -16 28
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 26 -7 26
17 Newcastle United FC 26 -17 26
18 Fulham FC 26 -11 23
19 West Bromwich Albion 26 -35 17
20 Sheffield United FC 25 -26 11
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 17
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 15
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 14
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 13
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 13
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 12
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 11
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 10
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 10
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 9
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 9
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 9
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 9
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 9
Maddison, James Leicester City FC 8
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 8
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 8
Soucek, Tomas West Ham United FC 8
Antonio, Michail West Ham United FC 7

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