Pat Nevin said Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has a clear squad advantage over Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp ahead of Thursday’s clash.
If there is one trend among the top German coaches, that will be their counter-pressing football.
Not only enjoyable to watch, but it has also brought a lot of success for Klopp and Tuchel.
While not expecting these managers to back down on their high-energy football at Anfield, former Blues winger Nevin thinks Tuchel will have the edge in terms of squad depth.
“I suspect we will get at Liverpool exactly the same way we have closed down everyone else since [Tuchel’s] arrival,” he told Chelsea’s official website.
“The energy is still there but something much more important is also available: vast reserves of energy on the bench and in the rest of the squad.
“What Klopp would have given to be able to rest his top players a little more.
“Had he been able to do that then he could have continued his favoured style.
“But the squad depth, and quality in that depth, just hasn’t been quite enough for him this season.”
Liverpool have been riddled with injuries this season, particularly in defence with Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, and Joel Matip all out with long-term injuries.
Nevin argued that, in contrast, Tuchel has the option to rotate his team and still have “virtually the same” quality in his line-up which would help Chelsea maintain their high intensity.
“If you can make that number of changes and rest that many players, then you can play this high-tempo style,” he added.
With Thiago Silva now back in training, Tuchel will likely have all his key players available for the trip.
But Nevin might have been way too optimistic with his claiming Tuchel could rotate his line-up without losing quality.
Christensen has clearly been outstanding while Silva was absent, but Tuchel did not really have a lot of opportunities to rest some key players.
Mason Mount, Cesar Azpilicueta, and Antonio Rudiger, for example, will play their fourth match in 14 days if they start at Anfield.
Tuchel would not have risked playing them twice a week if he thought he could get away with giving them a rest.