Three things Tuchel got wrong and one he got right as Chelsea draw with Everton

Chelsea lost ground in the title race yet again after drawing 1-1 with Everton at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night.

Rafa Benitez's side earned their first point in six Premier League outings after Jarrad Branthwaite's equaliser stunned the Blues late in the second half.

Mason Mount had given Chelsea the lead five minutes earlier following an hour-long barrage on Everton's defence.

Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Callum Hudson-Odoi were pulled from the squad at the last minute after testing positive for Covid-19, which made things tricky for Thomas Tuchel given that he was – once again – without a recognised centre forward.

Here, Daily Star Sport takes a look at three things the Chelsea manager got wrong and one he got right during Thursday's draw- starting with the bad calls.

Christian Pulisic up top

While Tuchel didn't really have any other choice but to play Christian Pulisic up front – after Lukaku, Werner and Havertz tested positive for Covid-19 – it just didn't work.

The little American struggled to get to grips with the game up against a compact five-man Everton defence, and was swapped with Ziyech mid-way through the second half.

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Reliance on Marcos Alonso

Chelsea really miss Ben Chilwell, who was thriving as an inverted full-back before injuring his ACL against Juventus last month.

Tuchel has been forced to put his faith in Marcos Alonso who just doesn't have the athleticism required for the multi-purpose role.

The Spaniard's lack of pace slowed Chelsea's attacks and Everton had time to re-group as the left-back sorted his feet during quite a few attacking phases, and he was replaced by Saul Niguez with half-an-hour to go.

Trusting Saul Niguez

Saul Niguez has had a torrid loan spell at Chelsea so far and it didn't get any better for him on Thursday night.

Tuchel clearly doesn't trust the former Atletico Madrid man in central midfield anymore, but he looks even more ineffective at left-back.

He replaced Alonso as the Blues went in search of a winning goal and looked like a square peg in a round hole, fluffing crosses and being caught out of position all evening.

And now one Tuchel got right…

Encouraging progressive passes

One thing that was clear from Chelsea's performance tonight was that they weren't afraid to force chances.

Tuchel clearly encouraged his players to take some risks on the ball and pass aggressively in an attempt to catch Everton's defence off guard.

As much as the result will disappoint the Blues, they were extremely unlucky not to walk away with three points.

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