Paul Merson criticises Chelsea boss for decision in previous league game

Paul Merson has admitted he was left surprised by the tactical decision from Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel in the recent Premier League defeat to West Brom.

The Blues recorded an impressive 2-0 win in midweek against Porto in the away leg of the Champions League quarter-finals. 

They are now preparing to face Crystal Palace on Saturday, which is a league game they desperately need a result in. 

A freak 5-2 defeat to West Brom in the previous league match last weekend put a dent in the race for a top four finish, and it’s cranked up pressure domestically.

Sky Sports pundit Merson questioned a move from Tuchel during the Chelsea loss against West Brom, claiming it was odd sticking with a back three system after Thiago Silva was sent off in the first half. 

“I found the defeat to West Brom very strange. I didn’t like the substitution when Thiago Silva got sent off. He had the players on the pitch to go straight to a four at the back. They would have made chances and I just felt they needed attacking players on the pitch. West Brom were always going to score. They are a dangerous animal with not a lot of pressure on them. Thomas Tuchel played into their hands with the defensive change,” Merson told Sky Sports

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Tuchel will have learned so much in the past week. 

First of all, the Blues lost for the first time under his tenure, and it was a real wake-up call with a shattering scoreline. But most importantly there was huge character shown to respond by beating Porto on the European stage. 

German boss Tuchel is a tactician that has impressed since taking charge at Stamford Bridge and supporters are fully behind him, albeit there was a slight blip last weekend. 

He’s certainly using a system that suits most of the players in the current Chelsea squad.

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