Tuchel: Tammy Abraham unhappy with decision to leave him out of 20-man squad for Manchester United draw

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Tammy Abraham was a regular under former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard but he has lost his place in the team under Thomas Tuchel.

Abraham has bagged 12 goals this season but has only started twice in the Premier League since Tuchel became Chelsea boss – being hooked at half-time on both occasions.

Against Manchester United on Sunday, Abraham wasn’t even on the bench.

“We have 21 strong players and only 18 possible (to be picked). It is my job to take hard decisions,” Tuchel explained.

“At the moment he is only struggling with my decision. We have a strong squad. We have only Thiago Silva injured – that means we have to make hard decisions.

“It was also an unfair decision for Billy Gilmour because Billy played well in the cup and he was very strong in training.

“It was a hard decision. It was about judging the alternatives that we have and we opted for Olivier Giroud to begin, Timo Werner on the bench.

“We have Kai Havertz who can play as a number nine so there was no need to bring a fourth number nine to the pitch.

“Things are difficult for him. Things are not as easy as they should be for him in the moment and he will get full support. This was the decision.”

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