Chelsea manager said he would have liked to make more team changes and potentially cause more problems for Liverpool in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Anfield, writes the Chelsea Chronicle.
It was an excellent defensive performance from the Blues, particularly in the second half in which they had to play with 10 men after Reece James’ dismissal.
Offensively, however, Chelsea understandably struggled to have more players involved, as Romelu Lukaku was often found isolated in Liverpool’s half of the pitch.
While he was satisfied with Lukaku’s performance, Tuchel was unhappy that he didn’t have more tactical options due to Premier League’s keeping the three-substitution rule.
“Everybody [else] in whole Europe has five changes, but we don’t. We play in the toughest in the league, and we don’t have it,” the German told Chelsea TV.
“In the end, it will be a huge disadvantage in the Champions League, when we go to the European competitions, for all English teams.
“Of course, today, you would have loved to [make more substitutions], I had Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner with speed and quality to come from the bench.
“Maybe we [could have] taken Romelu off and hurt them [Liverpool] a little bit more with pace than only with physical abilities.”
Tuchel further highlighted that he already had to make two changes at half-time; Thiago Silva for Kai Havertz to keep the defensive shape and Mateo Kovacic for N’Golo Kante due to the latter’s injury.
After that, he had to wait very late before making the last available substitution due to the risk of injury and possibly having to play with nine men.
“Imagine if someone needed to go out because of a cramp or whatever,” the Chelsea boss explained.
“[At half-time], it was already two changes, so yeah, from there we had to really stick together and fight hard.”