Thomas Tuchel has explained his handling of Tammy Abraham after the forward was dropped from the Chelsea squad for last weekend’s goalless draw with Manchester United.
Abraham is Chelsea’s leading scorer this season with 12 goals across all competitions, but was omitted from the west London side’s match-day squad for the draw with the Red Devils, with Tuchel later confirming the player was not injured.
The forward has struggled to command an automatic place in the side since breaking into the first-team fold last season and has been linked with an exit in recent weeks, the likes of West Ham and Aston Villa understood to be monitoring the 23-year-old.
Chelsea struggled to break down the visitors last weekend with Olivier Giroud leading the line, and Tuchel has now explained his decision to leave Abraham out of his 18-man squad.
The German admits it was a ‘tough decision’ to drop the England international, but reiterated his faith in the player and says Abraham is a player he will push to ‘his limits’ as he bids to find his form.
“It’s my job to push him to his limits. We will not stop doing this and supporting him,” Tuchel told a pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Liverpool.
”It was a tough decision, but we have to make these decisions. It’s a part of my job I do not like, but at the same I like it because it means everybody is available.
“We communicate these decisions clearly. We have to cut it down to 18 players. It’s not always a punishment or a signal, and that was the case here. It was just a choice from alternatives.
“He lacks a bit of luck Tammy, not only in games but also in training, and once the last touch comes back he will be a player we will push forward.”