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Thomas Tuchel's genius Ross Barkley decision ensures Chelsea will never face Manchester United issues

The Blues boss, Tuchel substitution against Southampton made the impact he was hoping for.

When Ross Barkley put across his pass to Cesar Azpilicueta to lay the ball on a plate for Timo Werner, Thomas Tuchel must have scarcely have been able to believe his own genius.

It had been a gruelling match for the Blues, unconvincing in many ways, but the German coach had made a substitution to make the crucial pass, making use of a player many would have believed wouldn't make an appearance in the league this season. Big money signings Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech left on the bench to watch on.

Now Barkley has made a cameo against Juventus and been a game changer against Southampton to help earn the club earn three points.

The former Everton star's reintroduction could be seen as a warning to underperformers but it should also give them hope.

It was only a matter of weeks ago that Tuchel conceded he did not know the role  27-year old would have, leaving coach and player in an uncertain position. The lack of expectation looks to have been keen to his progress in Tuchel's eyes, alongside side that of Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Tuchel said in his press conference: "Most important is that I feel Ruben and Ross at the moment feel no pressure. They are happy to have these chances, to feel the support, and perhaps six weeks ago they couldn't have imagined they were in the situation to get real minutes, important minutes.

Many would level the accusation that Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech's form has been lacking, and as they were left on the bench with the Blues needing a goal, some would consider they may risk dropping down the pecking order.

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