'Nonsensical': Frank Sinclair can't believe what Tuchel did in Chelsea's defeat at Everton
Frank Sinclair is bemused by Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel overlooking Romelu Lukaku today in the Premier League.
Chelsea suffered more frustration on Sunday afternoon in the league by losing 1-0 away to an Everton side that are in the thick of a relegation battle.
Richarlison’s 46th minute goal turned out to be the winning strike, as the Everton attacker capitalised on a lapse in concentration at the back from Blues captain Cesar Azpilicueta.
Sinclair said in his reaction to Chelsea’s defeat that it made no sense not to use striker Lukaku from the bench.
“For me, it was nonsensical not to put him on [against Everton] and give him 10 or 15 minutes to try change the game,” Sinclair told Stadium Astro.
“Especially when you’re getting crosses in the box at will. To leave him on the bench I was quite surprised.”
Tuchel was asked in his post-match interview why Lukaku was an unused substitute. His response was that he was already a substitute light after an injury to Jorginho meant he was forced off at half time and replaced by Mateo Kovacic.
Chelsea’s boss did still have two substitutions to make in the second period, though. He opted for attackers Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic to try turn the game around rather than 28-year-old forward Lukaku.
Tuchel made rare blunder
Kai Havertz’s ongoing battle with Everton defender Yerry Mina really dented his contribution against Everton, so swapping him for Lukaku looked like an obvious change from the side.
Yes, it’s a bit rich questioning a manager in Tuchel that’s done most things right at Stamford Bridge.
However, the game was crying out for the physical presence of Lukaku.
It’s great to see Tuchel trying to persevere with the same forward line to try work on chemistry. There’s been a trust in Havertz, Timo Werner and Mason Mount to try build on their chemistry.
Lukaku’s future may be clear amid reported interest in him, but Sunday was the time to chuck him on against an Everton defence camped in their own half for large periods.