Dropping Abraham from Chelsea squad against Man Utd was a hard decision, said Tuchel

After playing the goalless draw against Manchester United in the Premier League Clash at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel admitted that dropping forward Tammy Abraham from the clash was a hard decision. Abraham was not part of the 18 man squad of Chelsea and this happens for the fourth time that Abraham was not included for the London side in February.

Earlier, he was not part of the team against Tottenham, Sheffield United, and in the Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid.

“It was a hard decision. It was about judging the alternatives that we have and we opted for Olivier Giroud to begin, Ti8mo Werner on the bench. We have Kai Havertz who can play as a number nine so there was no need to bring the fourth number nine to the pitch,” Goal.com quoted Tuchel as saying.

“Things are difficult for him. Things are not as easy as they should be for him at the moment and he will get full support. This was the decision,” he added.

Tuchel admitted that the 23-year-old striker is going through tough times because of not getting the place in the team at this time but it is impossible to get him in the team by sending someone out who is doing better.

“Selection. We have 21strong players and only 18 possible. It is my job to take hard decisions. This was the decision for the 18 guys. This was the decision for the 18 guys and Tammy was not with the group,” the Blues manager said.

“At the moment he is only struggling with my decision. We have a strong squad. We have only Thiago Silva injured which means we have to make hard decisions. We can nominate 18 players, plus goalkeeper so it is clear. It was also an unfair decision for Billy Gilmour because Billy played well in the cup and he was very strong in the training.” he added.