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Thomas Tuchel explains why he didn’t play Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech against Southampton

Thomas Tuchel explains why he didn't play Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech against Southampton

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel about not including Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz in their 3-1 win over Southampton on Saturday afternoon.

Trevoh Chalobah opened the scoring already in the 9th minute, however, already in the second half James Ward-Prowse, who later got sent off, equalised the score through a penalty strike.

By the end of the game both Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell marked their names on the scoresheet, with the latter correcting his error leading to the Saints’ penalty goal.

Both Havertz and Ziyech were named in the squad but couldn’t make it into the pitch.

And after the match Tuchel explained:

“We always try to do the best but at some point, after a lot of chances, we have to admit Kai and Hakim are not in their best shape.


“It’s maybe not even their fault. They struggle to be decisive.”

The Blues boss also admitted:

“Nobody is angry at them and nobody has major concerns but we have to pay attention to their form and today was the day that we felt we needed a mix of players who are used to our style of play and that we can have quick decisions.”

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Premier League: Chelsea 3-1 Southampton