Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel’s decision to drop Ben Chilwell this season has been endorsed by All McCoist.
Chilwell was given seven minutes as a substitute in Tuesday’s 1-0 victory over Zenit in the Champions League. It was his first action of the season, despite 42 appearances for the Blues last season.
Marcos Alonso has been Tuchel’s right-hand man on the left this season, starting all six of his games.
Chilwell was also left out for England at the Euro. Gareth Southgate opted for Kieran Trippier and Luke Shaw en route to the final.
And Tuchel pointed to this as one of the reasons he left a “mentally tired” Chilwell on the sidelines.
And former Rangers forward McCoist believes Tuchel was right with Alonso’s impressive start to the season. The Spaniard, who appeared destined to leave this summer, scored and received the captain’s armband against Aston Villa.
“We’ve only played six games, Chilwell has no divine right to get the shirt, Alonso has the shirt to start and he’s playing well, he [Tuchel] is happy with Alonso ”, McCoist told talkSPORT.
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“They had a certain start, so he was right”
“Lukaku is not a good example but if all of a sudden he [Tuchel] started with Werner and didn’t start Lukaku and Werner scored 14 goals in the first six games, I’m sure he wouldn’t let Werner down. I would be livid if I were Werner [and I was] be left out.
“I don’t buy it at all. Maybe he doesn’t like it or doesn’t like it, but the point is what it is [Tuchel] told us he felt Ben Chilwell was mentally tired and that he was really happy with Alonso’s form.
“Unless Alonso has a dive or he thinks Chilwell is mentally right to come back, I just think he’s making a decision.
“When you have good players like that, it’s natural that the supporters have favorites,” they say. “He should or shouldn’t be playing,” which is why these managers have massive staffs. This is what happens, the great players are left out.
“Look, I think Chilwell is a great player, absolutely a great player. But I don’t think a player has the divine right to be chosen. I think the manager is exercising his right to choose the team he thinks. And they had a certain start, so he was right.
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