Tuchel explains why he gave opportunity to academy and English players against Southampton

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was looking for a reaction from his team after back to back defeats against Manchester City and Juventus.

Tuchel needed more from his players after back to back defeats against City and Juventus, and the German was visibly upset with the way his team played in the last two matches.

He got the reaction he needed after a 3-1 victory against Southampton, and he rotated his squad massively for this game.

The Chelsea boss handed starts to academy graduates Trevoh Chalobah and Callum Hudson-Odoi, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek getting his first league start as well. In the second half, he brought on English duo Mason Mount and Ross Barkley.

The shake-up indeed got the result the Chelsea boss was looking for as Chelsea got a deserved victory with a top class first half performance that was only ruined by VAR.

Explaining the reason for the shakeup, Tuchel said: “Today was a day where we felt we needed a bit of a mix of players who are actually used to our style of play then we can have quick decisions because we knew about the high pressing and intensive game of Southampton.

“On the other hand, some players who don’t feel the pressure so much and maybe do not have these high expectations to themselves and also from us the expectations are maybe very high towards Hakim, Timo and Kai.

“Not because we want to overwhelm them with our expectations but because we know what they can deliver and we want to have it. At a club like Chelsea, you need to be sharp every three days and fight for your place. This is what is going on.”

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