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Despite being Chelsea’s top scorer this season with 12 goals in all competitions, Tammy Abraham was omitted from the squad for the goalless draw against Manchester United on Sunday.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has admitted the England striker is “lacking a little bit of luck”.
“This is my job to push him to his limits. We will not stop doing this in supporting him,” Tuchel said ahead of Thursday’s Premier League game against Liverpool.
“This was a tough decision, but when things are like now, with hopefully nobody injured, we have these decisions to make.
“It’s a part of my job which I do not like, but at the same time I like because it means we have everybody available.
“And then you have to make these decisions, which we communicate normally clearly. We have to cut it down to 18 players, so in the end it’s not always a punishment or a signal to a player who is not in the squad.
“And in this case it was exactly like this. It was not a punishment or a signal, it was just a choice from the alternatives, on which position, who starts, who could come from the bench.
“He lacks a little bit of luck, Tammy, not only in games but also in training. And once the last touch comes back, and he’s fighting for it now, he will stay a player that we will push for.”