Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel’s reluctance to change things earlier in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United has been questioned by former Blues assistant boss Jody Morris
A huge error from Jorginho gifted Jadon Sancho the opportunity to slot United into the lead early in the second half before the Italian midfielder made amends from the penalty spot around 20 minutes later.
Despite dominating the game, Chelsea couldn’t find that elusive winning goal.
And Morris wasn’t impressed that Tuchel waited until the 78th minute to turn to his bench.
He told Stadium Astro : “From a fan’s perspective, I would definitely have liked a couple if not all three changes at the top end of the pitch a lot earlier.
“I just felt that with the amount of dominance Chelsea had they wasn’t creating enough real good chances.
“The fact you have the level of bench that Chelsea had, there was no reason why at least two of them could have been brought on a lot earlier.
“I thought Lukaku was the perfect addition but that’s without knowing the physical capabilities he has right now. He might not have had more than the manager gave him.
“It’s always easier to say after the game but we were slightly surprised that Tuchel didn’t make changes earlier.”
Morris spent around 18 months at Stamford Bridge as Frank Lampard ‘s number two before the duo were dismissed back in January of this year and replaced by Tuchel.
Few would argue that the German has taken things to another level since he replaced Lampard.
He guided Chelsea to their second Champions League title back in May and has transformed the Blues into a ruthlessly efficient team who have set the pace at the top of the Premier League this season.
But the Chelsea juggernaut has stuttered in recent weeks after they failed to find a way past a stubborn Burnley side at Stamford Bridge just before the international break.
And a similar story against a surprisingly resolute Manchester United side saw Chelsea’s lead at the summit cut to just a single point with current champions Manchester City closing in on the Londoners.
Despite seeing a host of spurned chances coming back to haunt his side, Tuchel insisted that he was happy with Chelsea’s performance against United.
“It can happen in football [dominating but not winning], unfortunately it happened twice to us, it also happened against Burnley,” reasoned Tuchel after the match.
“I am absolutely happy with the performance. We dominated from the first minute, we were aggressive and never stopped attacking. Unfortunately, we scored two goals, one for each side.”