“No player has got a divine right to be picked” – Tuchel told he’s right to drop Chelsea star

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Ally McCoist has backed Thomas Tuchel’s decision to drop Ben Chilwell for the start of Chelsea’s season.

Marcos Alonso has started all of Chelsea’s games this season while Chilwell made his first appearance of the campaign on Tuesday evening as he came on as a late substitute in the 1-0 victory over Zenit in the Champions League.

“We’ve only played six games, Chilwell’s not got any divine right to get the jersey, Alonso’s got the jersey to start with and he’s been playing well, he [Tuchel] is happy with Alonso,” McCoist told talkSPORT.

“Lukaku’s the wrong example but if all of a sudden he [Tuchel] started with Werner and didn’t start Lukaku and Werner scored 14 goals in the opening six games, I’m damn sure he wouldn’t drop Werner, I’d be livid if I was Werner [and I was] getting left out.

“I don’t buy it at all. Maybe he doesn’t fancy him or like him, but the fact of the matter is from what he’s [Tuchel] told us, he felt Ben Chilwell was mentally tired and he’s been really happy with Alonso’s form.

“Unless Alonso has a dip or he feels Chilwell is mentally right to come back in, I just think he’s making a decision.

“When you’ve got good players like that, it’s natural when supporters have favourites they say, ‘he should or shouldn’t be playing’, that’s why these managers have got massive squads. That’s what happens, great players get left out.

“Listen, I think Chilwell is a great player, absolutely a great player, but I don’t think any player has got a divine right to be picked. I think the manager is exercising his right his right to pick the team he thinks. And they’ve had some start, so he’s been proved right.”

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