'I was sorry to see': Richard Keys really didn't like what Tuchel did during second half of Chelsea's game with Everton

Pundit Richard Keys has claimed on his personal website that he was not a fan of Thomas Tuchel’s substitutions in the second half of their match against Everton at the weekend.

The Blues defeated the Toffees 1-0 thanks to a Jorginho penalty, although they were required to use every trick in the book to kill time towards the end.

This saw Tuchel utilise the new five substitutions rule in the second half, using all of the ones available to him as his side held on to the win and clean sheet.

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It was topped off with the introduction of Conor Gallagher in the 100th minute for his Chelsea league debut, lasting around 60 seconds.

This approach angered Keys, who questioned whether the rule will begin to ruin games down the stretch.

Keys furious with Tuchel

He said: “I was sorry to see some coach’s taking the p— out of the new 5-subs rule – but it was inevitable.

“Chelsea made 5 changes late on at Goodison in order to interrupt Everton’s momentum (when they got some). The ball was in play only 47 minutes at Everton. Newcastle made 5 to disturb Forest. Liverpool made 4 as they hung on at Fulham. Fans at Tottenham had to watch 10 changes in all.

“I’m not a fan. It wasn’t a necessary change. There’s talk of playing a minimum of 60 minutes before games end – but we’ve added this change and it allows coaches to slow games – kill games when they want with endless changes.”

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The rule change is likely to be a blessing for the Blues, with the having one of the bigger squads in the league.

With options such as Mateo Kovacic, Christian Pulisic and Marc Cucurella not even starting last weekend, they are likely to be able to rotate well this year in an attempt to maintain fitness.

With the World Cup interrupting the season too, fitness towards the end of the campaign is likely to be the difference in key moments.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.