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CHE 4-0 MAL: One Mistake Thomas Tuchel Made Yesterday Despite The Team's Emphatic Win

When a team wins 4-0 like Chelsea did yesterday night in the Uefa Champions League against Malmo, it is extremely difficult to find fault with anything the players or the manager did in such a match.

As a football person, I try as much as possible to shy away from criticising decisions of managers because they put a lot of factors into consideration when making their decisions.

But as much as I don't like doing it, I believe Thomas Tuchel made a big mistake yesterday that he might regret in the next coming weeks.

I understand the need to get all three points against Malmo but what I don't understand is why the German decided to start with two of his strikers, Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner.

Before the game, he himself spoke about how Lukaku has played too much football over the last couple of months and perhaps needs rest as he suspects that the Belgian is tired mentally. So seeing the number 9 in the starting XI came as a surprise.

For Malmo to come to Stamford Bridge and go back to Sweden with anything more than 0 points would take a miracle and because of that, Tuchel should've rested Lukaku. Give him the rest he so needs.

Now, the decision to start him and Werner together has come back to bite Tuchel. Both strikers suffered injuries and are now likely to be out for several weeks.

After the game, the Chelsea boss himself regretted that he started Lukaku.

"If I knew (he'd get injured) before I wouldn't have done it..."

Chelsea have Norwich on Saturday and they take on Southampton next Tuesday in the EFL Cup.

For Tuchel and Chelsea's sake, they better pray that the injury to both their strikers, especially Lukaku isn't one that will be long.

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