Tim Sherwood questions Graham Potter's decision not to start one Chelsea player v Brentford

Tim Sherwood questioned Chelsea manager Graham Potter‘s decision not to start Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in Wednesday’s 0-0 away draw with Brentford.

The Blues’ winning streak came to an end after failing to secure a win against the resilient Bretford side.

Chelsea had more possession of the ball as expected, but Thomas Frank’s men had the better chances. Brentford created three big chances in the game, while the visitors had just one.

Potter introduced the likes of Aubameyang, Christian Pulisic, and Carney Chukwuemeka in the final 30 minutes of the game which increase the intensity of the game, but it was not enough.

According to Sherwood, the Chelsea manager’s team rotation was partly to blame for the disappointing result.

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“He [Potter] has done brilliantly since he went in there, and it’s going to be a slow process,” the former Aston Villa manager told Amazon Prime.

“But I can hear the Chelsea fans now.

“He’s tinkered with the side tonight, he can only get criticised, he will be criticised for messing about with that side.

“Why hasn’t he [started] Aubameyang?

“Sometimes as a manager, you have to make tough decisions, you can’t continue to make round-robin decisions.”

To be fair, Potter explained that he decided to start Armando Broja because of the young striker’s physicality, which actually caused a few problems for Brentford’s defence in the first half.

The Albania international did not score on his first full debut for the club, but the decision to start him was far from the reason Chelsea failed to win.

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