Four Chelsea players causing Thomas Tuchel selection headache after Malmo win

Chelsea moved within a point of knockout-stage qualification in Sweden on Tuesday as they beat basement boys Malmo 1-0 via a Hakim Ziyech goal. In what was somewhat a weakened side, Thomas Tuchel had to turn to his squad players to gain a result – and they thoroughly impressed to put the Blues within touching distance of the knockout stages. Express Sport takes a look at four players who have given Tuchel a selection headache ahead of Saturday’s clash with Burnley.

Callum Hudson-Odoi

Hudson-Odoi has been somewhat of a peripheral figure under Tuchel since the German’s arrival in January.

However, the injuries suffered by Timo Werner, Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic of late has given Hudson-Odoi more scope for game time.

He duly impressed in Sweden, conjuring a superb assist for Hakim Ziyech to blast into an empty net.

And with Pulisic having missed two easy chances when he came on after his injury woes, Hudson-Odoi may be in line for another start on Saturday.

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Marcos Alonso

Ben Chilwell’s superb scoring spree has made him Tuchel’s number one choice in the left-back slot recently.

But for some time, that man was Marcos Alonso.

The Spaniard seemed off the pace in the first-half, and was cramping Callum Hudson-Odoi’s space too much by almost playing as a left-winger himself.

But he showed glimpses of quality that showed he could still be a key player for Chelsea.

Chilwell will however likely come back to the fore on Saturday against Burnley.


Kai Havertz

Havertz really showed that Chelsea need a third striker, despite his overall good performance.

The German is the makeshift forward at the moment after Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner picked up injuries in recent weeks.

Enthusiastic but nothing fruitful about his play, Havertz is trying his hardest but cannot work his way into the spaces to score.

And with just two goals to his name all season, Tuchel may be better off selecting somebody else up front – not that he has many other options.

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