Thomas Tuchel Chelsea selection sends a clear message to squad ahead of vital Malmo clash – Daniel Childs

Thomas Tuchel has gone for experience over risks in his lineup for the Champions League clash with Malmo at Stamford Bridge.

Making four changes from the team that beat Brentford has brought some of his most trusted figures back into the fray as other impressive fringe figures watch on from the bench.

Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger are back after missing the weekend’s game, with Silva’s late return from Brazil and Rudiger recovering from an injury picked up with Germany. Further up the field, Ballon d’Or nominees Mason Mount and Jorginho return to the lineup for the first time in three weeks.

In all honestly, the team leaves me feeling a little uninspired, despite the strength of it.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been playing really well, adding a level of elegance and direction to our midfield, but starts this one from the bench in a game Chelsea need fast attacking play.

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Callum Hudson-Odoi is back to square one regarding his first-team opportunities after Tuchel gave him a chance in his favoured left-wing role against Southampton. A whole host of Chelsea’s attackers have been underperforming so far this season, so this was probably the best time to give the young winger a run in the team.

But sadly Hudson-Odoi’s narrative at Chelsea remains in a boring cycle that could have been broken by Tuchel and the club by sanctioning a loan move in the transfer window. Every time Hudson-Odoi doesn’t play you wonder why he has been kept around, as Timo Werner, Mount and Romelu Lukaku form the attack.

Callum Hudson-Odoi has been left out of Thomas Tuchel's lineup again as Chelsea face Malmo.
Callum Hudson-Odoi has been left out of Thomas Tuchel’s lineup again as Chelsea face Malmo.

I would say that it’s a good sign Tuchel seems to be persisting with the partnership of Lukaku and Werner here, starting the last three games together.

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Hopefully, this game against Swedish opposition gives the pair ample time to form chemistry and potentially get some goals. Tuchel needs to use this upcoming run of games to figure out his favoured attacking lineup and sticking with a regular pair, or trio could help that.

Chelsea should be winning this comfortably and it is crucial they do after losing to Juventus in the previous group game. It would be nice to see a better rate of high-quality opportunities throughout the evening as Tuchel’s men have struggled to engineer them so far this term.

A flurry of goals and exciting attacking play will make up for that ghastly kit they are wearing.

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