Arsenal legend Merson urges Tuchel to drop Chelsea star for Champions League final
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Arsenal legend Merson urges Tuchel to drop Chelsea star for Champions League final

Arsenal legend Paul Merson believes Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel should drop Timo Werner for their Champions League final against Manchester City. 

Werner was on target as Chelsea beat Real Madrid 2-0 in the return leg of the Champions League semi-final, netting the opener. However, Merson believes Christian Pulisic, who came on in the second half should be handed a start adding he can cause City more problems. 

"Timo Werner scored a big goal for Chelsea against Real Madrid. But he shouldn’t play in the Champions League final," Merson told Starsport.

"Christian Pulisic should start against Manchester City – because he is a better finisher. I’d be shocked if Pulisic doesn’t play. He can beat two or three players and he’s better in front of goal than Werner."

"I would play him against City this weekend and see how it goes. You won’t get 10 shots a game against City, so you have to play your best finishers."

Pulisic should start 

"Werner did well against Real Madrid. He’s a handful and he just keeps going and going. But Pulisic was unlucky not to play after scoring in the first leg, and when he came on he made a big difference."

"What he did to set up Mason Mount for the killer goal, checking his run and cutting it back, I don’t see Werner doing that in a month of Sundays."

The Champions League final will be played at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey on 29 May 2021.

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