“It would have been a great decision” – Tuchel explains Azpilicueta-James decision against Leicester City

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel played Reece James as a centre-back in Chelsea’s back three against Leicester City while Cesar Azpilicueta played as right wing-back.

Explaining the reason for swapping the positions of James and Azpilicueta, Tuchel said: “Reece and Azpi changed positions because we knew about the favourite position for Jamie Vardy to counter-attack in the transition game.

“We wanted to have Reece’s power, acceleration and top speed against him to eliminate this threat today.

“We wanted to have Azpi a bit higher because with his experience and his character, he takes a bit more risk than Reece in the last line.

“If Azpi could have scored the first goal and it was not deflected before it reached him it would have been a great decision.”

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