Following Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, which saw him make five changes to the side that had beaten Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League last week, Tuchel has opted to make another seven this evening, ensuring he keeps his squad as fresh as possible ahead of a busy end to the season.
The Blues, of course, have the FA Cup final with Leicester City to come on Saturday at Wembley, meaning Tuchel has approached tonight’s clash with Arsenal with half an eye on the meeting with the Foxes.
Amongst the seven changes he opted to make this evening, goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, wing-back Marcos Alonso, who netted the winner against City, and N’Golo Kante dropped out of the side, allowing Kepa Arrizabalaga, Ben Chilwell and Jorginho to come in.
Considering tonight’s clash with Arsenal is a London derby and could all but seal the Blues’ place in the top-four, there is a slight element of surprise that Tuchel has opted to make so many alterations.
Nevertheless, the starting line-up is still packed to the rafters with talent, with the likes of Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and Kai Havertz leading the attacking line.
“It doesn’t feel like we have so many changes,” Tuchel told Sky Sports. “Some of them are out for just one match so they still have two matches in a week. We think we have a strong line-up.
“Seven changes is a lot but it doesn’t seem like we have a completely inexperienced squad out there.”
Tuchel is exactly right. Despite making numerous changes, the starting line-up is still highly experienced, with the likes of Thiago Silva, Reece James, Jorginho and Mount all involved, meaning Chelsea still have enough quality on the pitch to get the job done.
If anything, tonight’s starting line-up has given a clear indication that Tuchel will be taking the clash with Leicester seriously, whilst some managers do have a tendency to play the FA Cup down.