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07:01  01 march  2021
07:01  01 march  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Tuchel admits that it is a tough time for the 23-year-old, but says there was no place for him in the team this time around. "Selection. We have 21 strong players and only 18 possible [to be picked]. It is my job to take hard decisions . This was the decision for 18 guys and Tammy was not with the group," he said. He added at his post-match press conference: "At the moment he is only struggling with my decision .

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Tammy Abraham if finding life tough under Thomas Tuchel, the German boss has revealed, after the forward was left out of Chelsea's squad to play Manchester United.

The Englishman has undoubtedly been the biggest loser from Tuchel's appointment, having been Frank Lampard's favoured striker before the Blues icon's sacking.

Abraham has bagged 12 goals this season but has only started twice in the Premier League since the German touched down in west London – being hooked at half-time on both occasions.

Chelsea's £53m summer signing Timo Werner or, since the 34-year-old's upturn in form, Olivier Giroud have been favoured above the Blues academy graduate, and Abraham's Blue future is now in question.

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Fellow academy graduate Tammy Abraham was left out Chelsea’s squad altogether and Tuchel admitted the striker was ‘ struggling ’ to come to terms with his decision when pressed after the game. Asked why Abraham was omitted, Tuchel told Sky Sports: ‘Selection. We have 21 strong players and only 18 possible in the squad. This was the decision and Tammy was not with the group.’ At his post-match press conference, Tuchel added: ‘At the moment he is only struggling with my decision .

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'We have 21 strong players and only 18 possible (to be picked). It is my job to take hard decisions,' Tuchel explained.

'At the moment he is only struggling with my decision. We have a strong squad. We have only Thiago Silva injured – that means we have to make hard decisions.

'It was also an unfair decision for Billy Gilmour because Billy played well in the cup and he was very strong in training.

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'It was a hard decision. It was about judging the alternatives that we have and we opted for Olivier Giroud to begin, Timo Werner on the bench.

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Tuchel said he sympathised with Werner's struggles and explained why he continues to select him despite a lack of goals. "Maybe it is our fault because we have a lot of possession and we push opponent teams very, very deep in their half so spaces are not too big," Tuchel said. "The biggest strength of Timo is to attack the space behind the last line so it is maybe also our fault in the dominant game that we play in the moment, it is very natural that the spaces are closed by the opponents.

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'We have Kai Havertz who can play as a number nine so there was no need to bring a fourth number nine to the pitch.

'Things are difficult for him. Things are not as easy as they should be for him in the moment and he will get full support. This was the decision.'

Abraham's present deal expires in 2023, with the 23-year-old reportedly unwilling to consider an extension while sitting third-choice in the pecking order and watching the Blues pursue Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland.

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