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Thomas Tuchel has revealed that the group of players he has at his disposal at the moment is too much for Chelsea’s pre-season.
The Blues boss decided to drop some names for the friendly game against Tottenham, and one of the notable absentees from the game was Ross Barkley.
The 27-year-old spent last season on loan with Aston Villa, and while he impressed in the first half of the campaign, he was below par in the second half.
Explaining why he had to drop the former Everton man against Spurs, Tuchel revealed that he had a group of 42 players, and he needed to see some other players in action, as Barkley had played in previous pre-season games.
“It was a non-selection. After the Arsenal game, we wrote all the names down [of the players] on a sheet as on Monday the final group of players came back from England, Italy and Brazil,” said Tuchel.
“We wrote the names down and had 42 players in the building, that’s just not possible.
“So from then on we had to take some decisions to provide quality and intelligent training for the three groups who belong to us. And at the same time to select players we want to know better.
“Ross had his chance to play one half against Arsenal, the same as Danny Drinkwater.
“We had the impression that Ruben [Loftus-Cheek] deserves to be on the pitch today again and we wanted to give [Tiemoue] Bakayoko the chance to play for the first time under us.
“Maybe it’s unfair to judge them because we don’t know them very well but at least everybody has had the chance to show up in a game. So it was a matter of selection.
“We played some friendlies against Bournemouth and Peterborough with Ross and Danny so we had a clear picture of those guys. We wanted to see Baka on the field to see what he is capable of.”