JODY MORRIS has questioned why Thomas Tuchel did not make changes sooner in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United.
The Blues equalised with a Jorginho penalty on 69 minutes but despite failing to create chances from open play, Tuchel kept faith in his starting eleven.
Thomas Tuchel waited until the 78th minute to make his first changeCredit: AFP
Romelu Lukaku was given eight minutes plus stoppage time to try and win the gameCredit: Getty
But Morris, who was assistant manager at Chelsea under Frank Lampard, suggested the Blues had quality on the bench to change the game.
Morris told Astro Supersport: “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 weren’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 (not) have been brought on a lot earlier.
“I thought (Romelu) 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.”
Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic were eventually brought on in the 78th minute but did not have enough time to exert their influence on the match.
But with Timo Werner struggling in front of goal and Lukaku waiting on the bench, many Chelsea fans likely would have been disappointed that he was only given eight minutes of action, plus injury time.
The Belgian returned after more than a month out injured but was well marshalled by Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof.
And although Chelsea dropped points they maintained their place at the top of the Premier League, one point ahead of title rivals Manchester City.
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