Tuchel cannot outwit Guardiola and Klopp, former Manchester City star says

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New Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel hasn’t been getting enough love from the English media, and former Manchester City defender Micah Richards is among those who feel he won’t make it at Chelsea.

Richards was far from impressed with his decision to drop some key players like Mason Mount and doesn’t believe Tuchel has the capability to beat Jurgen Klopp or Pep Guardiola.

“Chelsea have appointed Tuchel because they want to win the Premier League and Champions League again. I struggle to see that happening with him,” former Man City defender Micah Richards wrote for the Daily Mail.

“What have Chelsea seen in Tuchel that convinces them he will outwit Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp over the course of a 38-game season? I’m glad he was realistic in his opening press conference to say they had no chance of winning the title this year but why should that change in 2022?

“First impressions are very important in football and the one Tuchel made on Wednesday with his team selection against Wolves could not be called positive.

“I know he has explained at great length why it was unfair not to pick Mason Mount and Reece James, and pointed out he wanted experience. This feels like a bit of a cop-out. It would suggest the first thing Tuchel knew about Chelsea’s interest in him came after Frank Lampard had been sacked, but it is a nonsense to think he had not watched any of the club’s recent games.

“What Tuchel did by not including Mount and James — and let’s not forget Tammy Abraham, who had scored a hat-trick against Luton on Sunday — has put the thought in some people’s minds that Chelsea are going to abandon the faith they had recently shown in young players.

“If you are left out of a team because you haven’t been good enough or someone is better than you, it stings but you can deal with it. When you are left out without real explanation, it is hard to stomach. Whatever Tuchel has said to Mount and James in recent days, they will still feel a sting.

“I’m absolutely not writing Tuchel off, but something about his appointment doesn’t feel right,” Richards added.

“If you look at Klopp, for example, you could see Liverpool had a plan and were ready to see it through. If Tuchel’s plan for Chelsea doesn’t work, it will be the same old story and another one will bite the dust.”

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