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Alan Shearer singles out three Chelsea players and offers Thomas Tuchel assessment

BBC television pundit Alan Shearer holds the microphone during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Shrewsbury Town and Liverpool FC at New Meadow on January 26, 2020 in Shrewsbury, England. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

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Alan Shearer has praised Thomas Tuchel for a ‘clever’ team selection against Crystal Palace. Following a defeat to West Brom in their last Premier League fixture, the Blues hit back in style courtesy of a 4-1 victory against Palace.

Speaking on a panel alongside host Gary Lineker and former Arsenal striker Ian Wright, he said: “I thought it was a very clever team selection not to play Olivier Giroud or Tammy Abraham, but instead play Havertz, Pulisic and Mount, who like to drop deep.

“The two big centre-forwards might have wanted to go up and scrap against the two big centre-halves [Cheikhou] Kouyate and [Gary] Cahill. And those three were just too good for those two, because they didn’t want to come out, they didn’t want to go and mark one of them, because if they had, then they leave that space in behind and that caused them problems.”

Shearer, who won 63 caps for England, scoring 30 goals, added: “They created chance after chance. Havertz, who played very well, scored one, had an assist, probably should’ve scored another couple of goals. As I said, it was a constant, a defender just didn’t want to come out and close them down.

“Pulisic gets his first goal. He [Mount] was clever in everything he did as well. Second half it didn’t change. It’s all from those players dropping deep and getting the ball and, as I said, they were just too good for them. It was a superb performance from Chelsea, particularly going forward.”


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