Chelsea vs Arsenal: Real Reason I Benched Havertz For Lukaku – Thomas Tuchel.. Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has explained why he benched Kai Havertz for Romelu Lukaku for his side’s Premier League tie against Arsenal on Wednesday night.
Tuchel opted to start Lukaku alongside Timo Werner and Mason Mount in a front three, with Havertz dropping to the bench against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.
Lukaku, who has not scored a Premier League goal for Chelsea since late December, is perhaps the surprise inclusion in Tuchel’s XI against Mikel Arteta’s side.
Explaining his decision to bench Havertz, Tuchel told Sky Sports: “You were asking so much about him, so finally I put him in.
“We want to play with two strikers, and Kai has heavily overloaded himself in the last few matches.
“He’s tired, so it was the moment to go with Romelu. If you have a good experience or a good memory against an opponent, it can help. It wasn’t the main reason.
“The main reason is that he deserves to play first of all and we want to play with two strikers. Kai has lots of minutes in his legs, and he [Lukaku] had a good game against Arsenal in the first game.”