Nevin doubts 22-year-old Chelsea star could have made any difference vs Manchester City
Pat Nevin believes Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel did the best he could with the available squad he had in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester City.
It was a very passive display from Chelsea which eventually got punished by a moment of brilliance from a rather familiar face, Kevin de Bruyne.
Tuchel came up with a few several surprising decisions with his decisions in the attacking positions, which certainly did not please some Chelsea fans.
It was a front three of Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, and Romelu Lukaku — and they failed to make an impact, to say the least,
The Chelsea manager, who had plenty of other options on the bench, replaced Ziyech and Pulisic with Callum Hudson-Odoi and Timo Werner and eventually deployed Mason Mount in the second half.
It is quite interesting that Tuchel opted to leave Kai Havertz out, but according to Nevin, it is unlikely that the Germany international could have helped Chelsea.
“The system that we did and wanted to do did very well,” the former Blues winger told Chelsea’s post-match Matchday Live programme.
“[We just didn’t have] enough of the cutting edge — and I do feel that we were much, much better in the second half.
“Thomas will look back and think about [whether] he could have done anything differently.
“I think he made as much use of what he had available to him.
“Maybe, in hindsight, you’d think, [he] could’ve got Kai on there — would that have made the difference?
“But there were limited opportunities — I think we had four shots on goal, which is not a lot.”
To be fair, Manchester City deserve a lot of credit for their intense pressure which pretty much stopped Chelsea from building from the back.
Tuchel clearly tried to add more pace to Chelsea’s attacking line with Pulisic, Werner, and Hudson-Odoi, but the hosts simply dealt with it well.