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Shearer hails Chelsea trio and Tuchel's masterstroke vs Crystal Palace

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Alan Shearer has praised Thomas Tuchel for opting against using a target man in Saturday’s clash with Crystal Palace[1] as he lavished praised on Chelsea’s front three.

Kai Havertz led the line in attack for the Blues, flanked by Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount either side.

Chelsea[2] eventually ran out 4-1 winners at Selhurst Park, with Havertz opening the scoring, Pulisic bagging a brace and Mount weighing in with an assist for Kurt Zouma.

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And Shearer feels the way Tuchel set up his team gave Palace all manner of problems and allowed his attacking trio the perfect platform to thrive.

“I thought it was a very clever team selection to not play [Olivier] Giroud or [Tammy] Abraham but instead play Havertz, Pulisic and Mount, who like to drop deep, whereas the two big centre-forwards might want to go up and scrap against the two big centre-halves [Cheikhou] Kouyate and [Gary] Cahill,” Shearer said on Match of the Day 2.

Alan Shearer praised Thomas Tuchel's selection choices in Chelsea's win at Crystal Palace
Alan Shearer praised Thomas Tuchel’s selection choices in Chelsea’s win at Crystal Palace

“And those three today were just too good for those two because they didn’t want to come out, they didn’t want to go and mark one of them because if they had of then they leave the space in behind and that caused them problems.

“They created chance after chance. Havertz, who played very well today scored one, had an assist, probably should’ve scored another couple of goals.

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“As I said it was a constant, a defender just didn’t want to come out and close them down. He [Mount] was clever in everything he did as well.

“Second half it didn’t change… it’s all from those players dropping deep and getting the ball and as I said they were just too good for them. It was a superb performance from Chelsea, particularly going forward.”

Christian Pulisic and Kai Havertz were both on the scoresheet for the Blues
Christian Pulisic and Kai Havertz were both on the scoresheet for the Blues

Havertz took just eight minutes to get Chelsea off the mark, curling a well-placed left-foot shot into the far corner.

Two minutes later he turned provider for Pulisic, cutting the ball back for the American to fire home emphatically past Vicente Guaita in the Palace goal.

The game was as good as over after half hour when Mount’s free-kick delivery found the head of Zouma, and Palace’s second-half revival was short-lived when Pulisic restored the three-goal deficit following Christian Benteke’s consolation.

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The win put Chelsea’s top four charge back on track following their heavy defeat to West Brom last week, leaving them fifth in the table and just a point off West Ham[3] and two ahead of Liverpool[4].

References

  1. ^ Crystal Palace (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ Chelsea (www.mirror.co.uk)
  3. ^ West Ham (www.mirror.co.uk)
  4. ^ Liverpool (www.mirror.co.uk)

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