Three mistakes Tuchel made as West Brom thrash Chelsea after Silva red card

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Chelsea suffered their first defeat under manager Thomas Tuchel against West Bromwich Albion, with the Baggies winning 5-2.

Christian Pulisic gave the Blues the lead in the 27th minute, firing home a rebound after Sam Johnstone saved a free-kick from Marcos Alonso.

Less than a minute later, however, they were reduced to ten men when veteran defender Thiago Silva received a second yellow card.

The 36-year-old had been booked early for a foul on Matheus Pereira and he was shown a red card after he caught Okay Yokuslu late while attempting to block a shot.

The Baggies then dramatically turned things around on the verge of half-time, when Pereira scored a magnificent brace to put his side 2-1 up.

Callum Robinson then made it 3-1 with a powerful volley, before Mbaye Diagne's goal further widened the gap.

Mason Mount did score a consolation for the Blues but they were unable to mount a comeback, with Robinson adding a fifth West Brom goal in added time to secure a much-needed three points for Sam Allardyce's side.

Daily Star Sport takes a look at three mistakes Tuchel made.

Starting Thiago Silva

Having missed Chelsea's last 11 games in all competitions with a thigh injury, Silva was thrown straight back into the starting XI against West Brom.

After being out of action for almost two months, Silva's rustiness was on show as he made two poor challenges and was sent off after just 28 minutes, suggesting it was a mistake for Tuchel to restore him to the starting line-up immediately.

Jorginho over Gilmour

Silva's sending off certainly changed the game and both yellow cards were the result of Jorginho giving away possession in a dangerous position.

The midfielder was also at fault for West Brom's second goal, with his attempted backwards header going straight to Mbaye Diagne who promptly set up Pereira.

After Billy Gilmour impressed in Chelsea's FA Cup quarter-final win over Sheffield United before the international break, this game would have been an excellent opportunity to hand the teenager his first Premier League start of the season but Tuchel instead opted for Jorginho.

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  • Not starting Mount

    After starting all three of England's World Cup qualifiers it was no surprise that Mason Mount was left on the bench, with Tuchel having one eye on Chelsea's Champions League quarter-final clash with Porto.

    However, the midfielder had an immediate impact after he was brought on at half-time, adding some attacking intent and scoring a consolation goal.

    With Chelsea sitting just two points above fifth-placed West Ham and the battle for fourth still hanging in the balance, the defeat to West Brom is a massive result and the decision to bench one of his most important players could prove a costly one.

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