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In recent games, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has stuck with a front three of Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and Kai Havertz as a false nine. Against Crystal Palace, the formation worked to good effect, as Chelsea slaughtered Palace 4-1 at Selhurst Park.
Tuchel hasn’t really been able to work out his best attacking trio since he became Chelsea boss, but he now seems to be favouring the trio of Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and Kai Havertz more. Timo Werner has now been dropped to the bench, same as Hakim Ziyech, and Olivier Giroud has seen his role reduced. Tammy Abraham hasnt even featured for two months now.
Tuchel has admitted that he’s looking for consistency, and has urged the players not seeing games to keep working hard.
Tuchel told the media ahead of the FA Cup clash with Manchester City: “We pick for a few games now the same offensive guys. The other guys need to fight for their place and they are doing this. There is not much training time in between games in the schedule that we have, but the minutes you have, you need to use.
“It’s very important that in these moments the guys who lack some minutes and maybe a bit of self-confidence, that are not super happy with their personal situation, put their ego aside and do everything to be ready.
“At this club it’s about being ready. We have no promises to make to our players. We have no gifts to give, you have to fight hard. This is the moment in a season at a club like this you fight hard for your place. Once you’re in the team you fight hard to stay in the team.
“This is life as a player at Chelsea and it is big fun, you have to embrace situations like this, even if sometimes it’s a bit hard for some of the players. But we try to push them and convince them and influence them in this positive way. We have a tight schedule and we cannot drop one per cent.”