Thomas Tuchel cited Ben Chilwell's height as the reason why he was dropped from Chelsea's 2-0 win over Burnley.
Chelsea's new boss started the left-back in his first game in charge against Wolves but went with Marcos Alonso against the Clarets.
Tuchel justified the decision by claiming Alonso offered the Blues more height, even though the Spaniard is only 10cm taller than Chilwell.
Alonso measures up at 188cm, while England youngster Chilwell is slightly shorter at 178cm.
Tuchel said: "We had the reason, it was not because we were unhappy with Chilwell but we opted for more size to defend set-pieces.
"Marcos is used to playing in this role, he has good timing arriving in the box. In the end we are very happy that he scored the second goal that finished the game."
Alonso's inclusion was one of four changes from the 0-0 draw against Wolves with Mason Mount, Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham all brought back into the side.
Though some people were left surprised by the team selection, Chelsea's latest name in the dugout has said he wants to make sure every player has a chance to impress.
"I am only some days in, we decided very late for the back three. I want to give everybody the chance to show up in competition.
"Right now, every player has the right to start so it is super hard for selections. I want to give everybody the chance to show up."
Callum Hudson-Odoi has played in both matches so far under Tuchel and was used as a wing-back against Burnley.
It's something Chelsea fans might be getting used to more in the future, with the ex-PSG coach hinting he prefers Hudson-Odoi in that position.
"Why not. There were many rumours with Bayern Munich. He was in focus way before I thought about being manager here.
"He has the ability to be decisive with his runs, his speed, at the moment we have opted for this kind of structure."
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