'It is time': Chris Sutton urges Tuchel to start two Chelsea players vs Real Madrid, they didn't play first leg
Chris Sutton claims Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel should select both Timo Werner and Marcos Alonso tonight in the Champions League.
The Blues are currently in Spain preparing for Tuesday night’s European showdown, with a 22-man squad in Madrid.
Unfortunately, Tuchel’s side go into this evening’s Champions League quarter-final tie trailing 3-1 on aggregate from the first leg. Karim Benzema’s hat-trick crushed Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, albeit Kai Havertz’s goal has given a glimmer of hope.
Sutton thinks that Werner and Alonso, who both scored during the weekend’s 6-0 Premier League win against Southampton, should retain starting positions tonight. It’s worth pointing out that both were unused substitutes in last week’s first leg defeat to Madrid, though.
“With Romelu Lukaku not even in the squad, it is time for Chelsea to unleash the forgotten man Timo Werner. His pace and movement can combine well with the guile of Kai Havertz to cause Real Madrid plenty of issues,” Sutton wrote.
“Despite not trusting him defensively, manager Thomas Tuchel would be wise to call upon Marcos Alonso who can provide the European champions with an extra dimension going forward.”
Chelsea hunting goals
In fairness, Alonso has a great knack of popping up with important goals.
The 31-year-old left wing-back will provide a different threat for Madrid to deal with, so his selection makes total sense.
Meanwhile, it’s a big decision with regards to 26-year-old attacker Werner.
He’ll be confident after two goals on the weekend and can cause chaos with his movement, but his finishing is so often a problem.
It feels like Chelsea will need to be ruthless at the Bernabeu to pull off a comeback, so it would be a risk picking Werner from the start.