LONDON – Thomas Tuchel has urged Tammy Abraham to fight for his Chelsea place after leaving the England striker out of Sunday’s squad to face Manchester United.
New boss Tuchel revealed Abraham, 23, was omitted solely on choice grounds, with the Blues grinding out a goalless draw in opposition to the Red Devils at Stamford Bridge.
The end result left Chelsea fifth within the Premier League desk, some extent behind West Ham and 6 adrift of second-placed United.
Veteran striker Olivier Giroud was trusted to lead the road in opposition to United, with Tuchel calling on Abraham to settle for there may be fierce competitors for locations and work to power his manner again into competition.
“There is no other answer to it other than to accept it and be there on Monday to fight for your place in the squad,” he stated. “I am sure he will do it.”
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“This situation is totally natural,” added Tuchel. “He has to do exactly what he does – train well, be in a good mood.”
Abraham, who has scored 12 objectives in 30 appearances for Chelsea this season, was additionally substituted at half-time in opposition to Southampton the earlier week.
Former Paris Saint-Germain boss Tuchel has made no secret of any of his robust choice selections in his brief Chelsea tenure.
“We have only Thiago Silva injured so that means we have to take hard decisions,” he stated. “We can nominate 18 players, plus goalkeepers so it is clear. It was a hard decision.
“It was about judging the alternate options that we now have and we opted for Olivier Giroud to start and Timo Werner on the bench.”
Chelsea have been heavily linked with a move for Dortmund’s prolific forward Erling Haaland – a signing that would mean even fiercer competition for places.