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With Mason Mount out, Thomas Tuchel was faced with the task of deciding who would replace the England midfielder. Thomas Tuchel had a number of options, including adjusting his tactics to accommodate another attacker or midfielder, but the German tactician chose Timo Werner.
Thomas Tuchel has changed his customary 3-4-3 formation to a 3-5-2 in order to accommodate the midfield trio of Ngolo Kante, Matteo Kovacic, and Jorginho, as well as two strikers, Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner, rather than the usual three attackers Mason Mount, Romelu Lukaku, and Kai Havertz.
Kai Havertz was the player who was benched in favor of Timo Werner, which is a surprising move but one that makes sense. Here are some possible reasons for Tuchel's decision to start Timo Werner.
1. Mason Mount Factor
Mason Mount is now unavailable. Thomas Tuchel chose a three-man midfield, so he needed an extra attacking-minded midfielder to help Romelu Lukaku and push Chelsea forward.
2. Timo Werner's Creativity
With Mason Mount out of the game, a player with creative ability was needed to support Romelu Lukaku in attack. Werner appears to have developed a knack for providing assists rather than scoring goals.
3. Werner's Pace
Knowing Pep Guardiola's team, Thomas Tuchel appears to have predicted that Pep Guardiola's side will have more possession of the ball than his, which means Werner's pace will be crucial as Chelsea will have to break on the counter.
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