Paul Merson names Tuchel's biggest worry ahead of Chelsea vs Liverpool FA Cup final
Paul Merson has described Thomas Tuchel’s having not figured out his preferred front three as a “madness” ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final between Chelsea and Liverpool
After sticking with the same front three of Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, and Timo Werner in three consecutive matches against West Ham, Manchester United, and Everton with mixed results, Tuchel decided to shuffle his attacking line in the last two matches.
It went quite well in terms of numbers, as Chelsea scored five goals in these two games, compared to just two goals in the previous three.
Romelu Lukaku, who scored three goals in the last two games, obviously played a big part.
Despite his form, however, it remains unclear whether he will start against Liverpool at Wembley on Saturday.
Merson believes Mount and Havertz, who often deliver in these big games, will make Tuchel’s line-up but has reservations over the other options.
“Tuchel’s biggest worry, in my opinion, is the fact that he’s still not figured out his preferred front three – it’s a madness!” the former Arsenal man wrote in his column for the Sportskeeda.
“We’re in May and with a few days to go until the cup final, they still don’t know who is going to play.
“I believe Kai Havertz and Mason Mount will start for sure, but who joins them in attack?
“Timo Werner can cause a lot of problems with his pace and directness, while Romelu Lukaku has been back amongst the goals in recent weeks and looks a different player now.
“With the likes of Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech also in the mix, Tuchel does have a lot of options, but which one of them will get the nod?”
Fielding both Lukaku and Havertz against Liverpool could prove problematic for Chelsea
Being in a fine goalscoring form, Lukaku arguably deserves to keep his spot on the team.
If Lukaku starts, however, Havertz will likely have to operate in wider areas, and he has not been as effective in these positions.
Tuchel could play them in a two-striker system, but this would force the wing-backs to provide width for the team while having to help deal with Liverpool wingers and full-backs at the same time.