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Why Tammy Abraham is a doubt for Chelsea’s clash with Liverpool

Why Tammy Abraham is a doubt for Chelsea’s clash with Liverpool

Tuchel explains Tammy absence

Since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea, the German coach has made a number of difficult selection decisions during his brief spell in charge, particularly when it comes to the three main strikers that are available to the former PSG manager.

Timo Werner, Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham have all been used by Tuchel, but recently the latter has not been in favour. Tuchel was asked about the possible inclusion of Abraham for the upcoming match against Liverpool, and explained why he has been reluctant to use him.

“He lacks a little bit of luck, Tammy, not only in games, but also in training,” said Tuchel. “And once the last touch comes back, and he’s fighting for it now, he will stay a player that we will push for.”

“This is my job to push him to his limits. We will not stop doing this in supporting him.”

Tuchel also mentioned that Abraham has a slight injury, which could keep him out of the match regardless of selection competition.

“Tammy has problems on his ankle,” he said.

Tuchel: Chelsea over internationals

One interesting part of the press conference came when the German coach spoke about how he manages players who have ambitions of playing at the European Championships.

Tuchel suggested that he tries to avoid considering such factors when it comes to team selection, albeit whilst admitting that it is good for his players to have the ambition to achieve international status.

However, the Chelsea boss feels that his squad’s job at Stamford Bridge is what is most important, and therefore attempts to avoid looking at their personal ambitions when selecting his teams:

“I’m very honest. Not at all. When you talk now about Euros, it is like ‘Oh yes, there are the Euros.'”

“I don’t want to be influenced by that. I know well that the players have personal interests and this is absolutely okay. I hope they fight for their personal interests. I really hope they give out their very best.”

“Their personal interest is to be on the pitch for Chelsea and hopefully be on the pitch for their national team. That shows their ambition and quality.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 27: Thomas Tuchel the head coach / manager of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge on January 27, 2021 in London, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Sam Bagnall - AMA/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 27: Thomas Tuchel the head coach / manager of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge on January 27, 2021 in London, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Sam Bagnall – AMA/Getty Images)

“My job as manager of Chelsea, I cannot be influenced by a decision that has maybe an impact on the national coach’s decision or a player’s future with his national team.”

“To be very honest, I like to play them here and then they can all stay with me during in the summer. Relax on their vacations and then come for pre-season. That would be my personal choice, but this will not happen.”

“I am aware of it, but not in the way that can influence my choice. My choices are made to win games with Chelsea and nothing else.”

Most of the Chelsea squad are likely to be involved in international competition this summer, but there are questions surrounding numerous players, such as the aforementioned Abraham, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Mason Mount, Antonio Rudiger, Edouard Mendy, Kai Havertz and Kurt Zouma, to name but a few.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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