Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has explained why he made five changes to his Chelsea side as they faced Everton in an English Premier League match on Monday night.
The German rested the ever-present Mason Mount, N'Golo Kante, and Antonio Rudiger, with Kai Havertz getting a rare chance to start as a false number nine.
Speaking ahead of the game, Tuchel revealed he wanted to keep the team fresh as they prepare for a tough run of fixtures.
"Thiago is back on the bench and that is very good," Tuchel told Chelsea’s official website. "We’ve made some changes to have some fresh legs in the team.
"It also shows all the guys that we have total trust in the whole squad,"
"We want to play with that freshness, play on the front foot and play creatively.
"So that is a reason behind some of the changes, and also it’s a chance for the guys that haven’t played as much to get the chance that they deserve because they train very hard.
"Having fresh legs is good and we hope it increases the chance to win against another strong opponent,"
Chelsea will next play Leeds United, before hosting Atletico Madrid in the second leg of the Champions League.