Tuchel explains not using Lukaku in Chelsea defeat to Everton

'Because': Tuchel's response when asked why he didn't substitute on Lukaku in Chelsea loss vs Everton

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has explained why he didn’t use Romelu Lukaku from the bench in this afternoon’s loss against Everton at Goodison Park.

It was a bitterly disappointing Premier League match for Chelsea on Merseyside, suffering a 1-0 defeat after a below par performance.

Richarlison was the match-winner by scoring shortly after the half-time interval, while at the other end Everton and England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford produced some stunning saves to preserve a clean sheet.

Chelsea replaced an injured Jorginho at half time with Mateo Kovacic.

Tuchel explained in his post-match interview that the change at the break had a knock on effect on not using Lukaku.

Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech were introduced during the second period to try impact the game, while Lukaku stayed as an unused substitute against his ex-club.

“Because we had to take Jorgi off [at half time] and I only had three changes,”Tuchel answered when asked why he didn’t use Lukaku vs Everton.

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More Chelsea frustration

It was another frustrating watch for Blues supporters, who yet again saw the team fail when it came to attacking output in the final third. It’s a problem that’s existed all season.

In fairness, the fact Lukaku didn’t come on today raises quite a few eyebrows, especially because Kai Havertz was struggling to leave his mark on the pitch.

You’d have to say it doesn’t look like Tuchel trusts him, which is why it’s no surprise to see him linked with Barcelona this week.

For Chelsea, it was a reminder that they haven’t secured Champions League football for next season just yet.

They stay third in the league standings still in pole position to end up there, but London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal are starting to breathe down their neck.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.