Tuchel prepares to 'make decisions' after Chelsea win over Bournemouth
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Tuchel prepares to 'make decisions' after Chelsea win over Bournemouth

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel was impressed with a number of the returning players as the Blues came from a goal down to beat Bournemouth in a pre-season friendly match on Tuesday evening. 

Emiliano Marcondes gave the Cherries ahead midway through the second half, but substitute strikers Armando Broja and Ike Ugbo netted in quick succession to complete a winning comeback. 

The German had the chance to see a number of his Chelsea players in match action for the first time, and he enjoyed the experience. 

"I’m always happy when we win, because we play to win," assessed Tuchel after the game.

"It was a tough test. Bournemouth started very bravely, and very direct, and very aggressive. We needed some time to adapt to feel a bit more comfortable. Then we controlled the first half and had some big chances.

"The second half we did a lot of changes, interrupted our own rhythm, had some crucial ball losses to give away two big chances, but in the end, it’s nice because we came back and showed a good mentality,"

Tuchel further explained his switch of formation midway through the second half. 

"It suits Armando and Ike better as double strikers," noted the boss.

"They had the two chances and they took them. This is what they do and now they have to continue.

"It was good, and necessary to turn the game around. It’s a much better feeling to win games and to continue from there, than to lose and worry or be sad and angry,"

With two-thirds of the players involved on the day having not played under Tuchel, the German will have decisions to make going forward. 

"We need these games to analyze and to judge our players, and to make decisions about the best next steps for them," he added.

"There is now a training group of 28 or 29 which is a huge group, and players are coming back in the near future, so we have to make some decisions.

"It’s good to learn during matches because we need to judge them on a fair basis and on some impressions from games because it’s better than training,"