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Opinion: 2 Reasons Why Tuchel Should Be Blamed If Chelsea Dropped Points In Their Next Few Matches

Yesterday, Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea's Head Coach was made to deep into the inner recess of his coaching abilities after his two strikers, Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner were injured in the first half of the UEFA Champions League match against Malmo FF.

Timo Werner And Romelu Lukaku Both Suffered Injuries In Chelsea's Match Against Malmo FF (Photo Credit: Metro UK)

At the moment, reports have it that both players would miss "a couple of matches" as the current football session in Europe continues to heat up. Lukaku would miss up to 3 weeks while Werner is expected to be out for at least a month.

We might never know what played in the German's mind when he was preparing for this encounter that he decided to field his foremost striker even though Lukaku picked up a knock while on duties for Belgium during the last international break. What we know is that Tuchel would have to bear with the absence of his only two senior/first team strikers. 

Thomas Tuchel ( Photo Credit: Google)

After a hard fought 1-0 victory over The Bees last Saturday at the Brentford Community Stadium, the league leaders welcomed Swedish side Malmo FF to the Stamford Bridge in a match day 3 game of this season's UEFA Champions League.

Prior to the match, it was predicted that the English side would definitely see out this encounter with a remarkable win as Malmo is deemed a largely inferior side to inflict further dents on Chelsea's hopes of emerging champions again after Juventus FC defeated them in match day 2.

Chelsea Are Hoping To Defend The UEFA Trophy After They Won The 2021 Edition (Photo Credit: Al Jazeera)

The match against Malmo FF ended well. A 4-0 victory was enough to place Chelsea on 6 points from 3 matches. The English side are also topping the EPL with 19 points from 8 matches. They welcome bottom side Norwich City FC on Saturday.

Going by the unfortunate losses of Lukaku and Werner, it can be said that Chelsea might struggle upfront. This could lead to loss of points from potential draws or losses. Chelsea might lose the top spot to either Liverpool or Manchester City as only 2 points separate Chelsea and Manchester City currently 3rd on the table.

If this eventually happens, Thomas Tuchel should be blamed. Two reasons for this opinion are analyzed below.

Fielding Romelu Lukaku Despite His Fitness Issues

It was a very busy international break for the Belgian who featured in all matches played. He picked up a knock in the UEFA Nations League semifinal match against France. The injury ruled him out of the 3rs place clash with Italy but he was cleared "fit enough" to play against Brentford.

However, his goal drought continued as the Belgian forward was unable to make a significant contribution in the match. This led to him being substituted in the 76th minute.

Before the clash against Malmo FF, Tuchel was of the opinion that his star forward was suffering from mental and physical fatigue. For a coach to have had such reservations about his player, why was he fielded eventually against a very weak side?

Lukaku's Night Against Malmo Ended Early As He Was Taken Off Due To Injury (Photo Credit: Google)

Maybe Tuchel took a gamble with Lukaku's health to see if he could get a goal against a weak side to boost his morale. If that was the case, it backfired as he would have to bear with his absence for the next couple of matches.

For Timo Werner, he was just unfortunate to have torn his hamstring. The injuries to both strikers present a every difficult situation for Tuchel but as far as I am concerned, he should take the blame for landing in it.

Tuchel Sold Two First Team Strikers Off To Pave Way For One

How on earth would a tactical coach sell off 2 first team strikers out of 4? This really was a poor decision on the German tactician's side.

After he took over from Frank Lampard, Tuchel showed his discontentment with Tammy Abraham and Oliver Giroud.

Tammy Abraham And Oliver Giroud, 2 First Team Strikers Tuchel Approved Their Sales Last Summer Transfer Window (Photo Credit: Chelsea News)

Eventually, both men were shown the way out of Stamford Bridge and now ply their trades in two top Serie A sides: AS Roma and AC Milan. Presently, Tammy Abraham is the main striker for Jose Mourinho's AS Roma. 

Abraham stats for Chelsea in the 2020/2021 session is shown below.

The stat above is fair enough for a 22 year old as a back up striker. But Tuchel felt he was not up to the task. Well, let him field Kai Havertz as a False Nine for the meantime.

In conclusion, Thomas Tuchel's decision to let two strikers leave in exchange for one and his gamble with Romelu Lukaku's fitness in the match against Malmo FF were poor calls which might result to loss of points on the long run.

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