Thomas Tuchel explains why Tammy Abraham was left out of Chelsea squad to face Manchester United


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Thomas Tuchel has revealed why Tammy Abraham was left out of Chelsea’s squad to face Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday. The Blues played a goalless draw against the Red Devils as Abraham was left out of the squad.

During this season, the 23-year-old has made 30 appearances in which he has scored 12 goals and provided 6 assists.

Asked why Abraham was absent after the match, Tuchel told Sky Sports: “Selection. We have 21 strong players and only 18 possible in the squad.

“Hard decisions, it’s my job to make hard decisions. This was the decision and Tammy was not with the group.”

He added at his post-match press conference: “At the moment he is only struggling with my decision. We have a strong squad. We have only Thiago Silva injured that means we have to make hard decisions.

“It was a hard decision. It was about judging the alternatives that we have and we opted for Olivier Giroud to begin, Timo Werner on the bench.

“We have Kai Havertz who can play as a number nine so there was no need to bring a fourth number nine to the pitch.

“Things are difficult for him. Things are not as easy as they should be for him in the moment and he will get full support. This was the decision.”

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