Tuchel: Why I made six changes to Chelsea’s starting XI for Leeds United clash

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel made six changes to the starting XI for the goalless draw at Leeds United on Saturday afternoon.

Ben Chilwell, Toni Rudiger, N’Golo Kante, Mason Mount, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic all start having been on the bench on Monday while Marcos Alonso, Kurt Zouma, Reece James, Mateo Kovacic, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Timo Werner dropped to the bench.

Ahead of the game, Tuchel explained the decision to make six changes was partly down to adapting to Leeds United’s game and also because Chelsea will be without Mount and Jorginho for the mid-week Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid.

“I don’t like to do this but in central midfield, we will miss Jorgi and Mason, so we took the decision to give Kova a rest,” Tuchel told BT Sport.

“We normally don’t like but it is two yellow suspensions in midfield so we made changes.

“We had some changes against Everton for fresh legs and it’s normal, everyone deserves to play and we expect a different style against Leeds than Everton.”

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