Owen and Bilic in disagreement over Chelsea boss Tuchel's decision in Burnley win

Michael Owen and Slaven Bilic had different views on Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel’s decision to play Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic ahead of Romelu Lukaku in Saturday’s 4-0 win over Burnley.

Well, in hindsight, this seems obvious.

Havertz scored twice while Pulisic grabbed a goal and an assist in a very dominating second half from Chelsea.

However, things were much more difficult for the visitors in the first half.

It took an early second-half goal from Reece James, which Tuchel described as the decisive moment of the game, to force Burnley to play more actively which subsequently opened up space for Chelsea forwards.

Despite the big win, Michael Owen argued that Tuchel’s benching Lukaku would not help the striker get back in form.

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“If I were Thomas Tuchel and spent that much money, I’d say, ‘I’m going to trust you. You’ve scored goals wherever you’ve been,'” the former England international told the Premier League Productions (via Optus Sport).

“I’d play him because I think they’re going to need him when the prizes are handed out at the end of the season.”

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Bilic, however, argued that at the moment, especially considering the noise surrounding the club, Tuchel was only thinking about winning the game and nothing else.

To achieve that, against these particular opponents, Bilic agreed with Tuchel’s team decision.

“I mean he’s a great player, don’t get me wrong,” the former West Ham manager added about Lukaku.

“But maybe he [Tuchel] thought that against such big defenders like Tarkowski, they need somebody sharper, somebody who plays more cleverly and is not as static as Lukaku is at the moment.

“So you need Havertz and Pulisic. Those guys can sneak behind [defenders] and find space in the right moment.

“And that’s what he [Tuchel] got, maybe not from the start, but in the second half definitely.”

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