When it comes to football, you can never be too prepared. We've witnessed a lot of games where a bigger team will struggle in front of a team with lesser capability. One of those recent encounters was Real Madrid being humiliated at Santiago Bernabeu by an unknown club that has never played in the UEFA Champions League before.
In as much as the game at hand isn't a friendly game or a dead rubber, a Manager has a duty to pick out his best available Players and field them. However, there are some times that it always seem like a Manager has overly prepared for a certain fixture because of the starting lineup they fielded.
Prior to the game, Romelu Lukaku was already on a mini goal drought for Chelsea. He had gone 6 games without scoring for the Blues. In defending the lack of Goals of Romelu Lukaku, Thomas Tuchel claimed that the Belgium international who moved to Chelsea for a reported fee of £98.5million from Inter Milan was mentally tired and not enjoying his time on the pitch.
One would have thought this statement made by the German Gaffer was a hint that Romelu Lukaku won't start against Malmo or he'll sit out the clash against the Sweden Club. Even if Romelu Lukaku was to get some playing time against Malmo, he was supposed to come on as a Substitute.
Against Malmo, Thomas Tuchel did not just start Romelu Lukaku whom he had already claimed was tired, he also fielded Timo Werner that was supposed to be the backup for Romelu Lukaku. Unfortunately, the two most direct Chelsea Attackers came down with Injury in the game and had to be replaced.
Thomas Tuchel understood his overcompensation against Malmo as the Germany International defended his actions. While explaining his decision at the end of the game, Tuchel said: "We take the games step by step, there is no more important game than the game we play on this day. Jorginho didn't play against Brentford, we went with Ruben Loftus-Cheek who was there during the international break."
"The guys on the pitch deserve to start, there are no gifts or resting players because the next game is more important. We pick the best lineup in our belief to have the best chance to beat Brentford and then we pick the best lineup on this day to beat whoever arrives in a UEFA Champions League match."
While Thomas Tuchel was able to defend his selection, he'll have to find a way to solve his Centre-forward issue as Chelsea is faced with 5 fixtures in the next 15 days.
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