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And having spent the last six months or so inside Pep Guardiola’s head, he can be considered evicted for now.

Instead, the German will be left to think about his own role in this first loss of the season for Chelsea that saw them miss a chance to open a six-point gap over Premier League champions Manchester City.

He made a mistake in the selection of his team, waited too long to make the necessary adjustments and in the end he could consider himself lucky to lose to the lone goal of Gabriel Jesús.

It was Guardiola who was accused of overthinking last season’s Champions League final, naming a starting eleven that included neither a midfielder nor a forward.

But this time, it was Tuchel who offered a confusing lineup, with N’Golo Kante as his most creative midfielder. As a result, the French international did not deliver the cunning as a liaison man, nor the winning qualities of the ball that are his hallmark. Too many times he was overlooked in an opening period in which City dominated.

It left Chelsea with Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner stranded on the pitch, their teammates scrambling to find them in front of the visiting press.

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With Mason Mount injured, Tuchel had chosen not to open Kai Havertz and how he lost the German’s ability to hold the ball and run towards the players.

Too often, Lukaku and Werner lacked the touch and connection to punish City while Ruben Dias and Aymeric Laporte commanded the Chelsea forwards.

In Tuchel’s defense, he could point to an early injury to Reece James as a reason for not making what is becoming a regular switch at halftime. But with the goalless game at halftime he lost the opportunity to make a decisive intervention.


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