Paul Merson: Tuchel has blown away Chelsea’s title chances with this decision

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Chelsea vs Liverpool Premier League match last weekend was deemed more as a title eliminator than a title decider.

With Manchester City already ten points ahead of Chelsea, many believe that the Blues are already out of the title race.

Arsenal legend Paul Merson believes that Thomas Tuchel’s biggest mistake was dropping star striker Romelu Lukaku for the Premier League clash against Liverpool. With the game ending in a 2-2 draw, Paul Merson has said that Chelsea’s title chances have been blown away.

“Romelu Lukaku will win something for Chelsea this season – but Thomas Tuchel has already blown the title by dropping him against Liverpool,” Merson told the Daily Star.

“They had to win that game to have any chance of chasing down Manchester City. Now they’re ten points behind and Liverpool are still right behind them.

“People say Tuchel was right to drop him. But you know he’s not bombing him out of the club, so why drop him for your most important game of the season?

“He came back a few days later against Tottenham. It makes no sense. It’s biting off your nose to spite your face.

“Lukaku will play every game now. It will all be forgotten. And he will score goals. He’s a great striker. They will win something this season because his goals will carry them.

“I thought he’d showed a lot of balls playing against Spurs. I think he did alright. I think there’s an issue because when he got back fit he had to sit on the bench.

“Lukaku is one of those players who needs an arm around his shoulder and I don’t think Tuchel is showing him enough love.

“But Chelsea are a better team with him in it, so for me he has to play every week now, and I think he will.”

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