With Chelsea’s form tumbling, fans are clamouring for the manager to be sacked. But how much has he really done wrong?
The “chelsea news” is a warning from Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel to his players that they should not ruin the season.
Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea’s head coach, claimed on Friday that he gave his players a tough talking to in order to prevent the team’s poor form from ruining their season.
Chelsea head to Southampton on Saturday, looking to put a positive spin on a dismal week that included a 4-1 Premier League loss to Brentford last weekend and a 3-1 Champions League quarterfinal first-leg loss to Real Madrid on Wednesday.
– Chelsea’s quest for the title has turned sour.
Chelsea have absolutely little chance of keeping their European campaign alive, according to Tuchel, but they are still third in the league and have an FA Cup quarterfinal against Crystal Palace in nine days.
Tuchel addressed the squad in a different tone than his usual amiable attitude at the club’s Cobham training headquarters on Thursday to prevent future damaging outcomes.
“Last night’s meeting was not a conversation sort of meeting,” Tuchel said. “It was more that I expressed my viewpoint, which is sometimes essential.” We take the players’ opinions seriously and frequently consider them, but after the previous two games, we felt it was important to express our thoughts.
“However, that was behind closed doors and in an environment where anybody can accept criticism.” I like being a part of something like this. We don’t point fingers or hunt for persons who are to blame. We’re all in it together. We wanted to call attention to certain aspects of our game that we weren’t satisfied with and where we might have done a better job defending and performing.
“It all came down to the game.” It was all about our attacking principles in our game, what we wanted to accomplish and what we didn’t want to do. Unfortunately, and perhaps unexpectedly, we lacked organization in the previous game. Normally, it is our greatest strength: you can see exactly what we are attempting to achieve and do. That was not the case, and that is a significant issue. Then you lacked our assaults’ rhythm and repetitions.
“We lacked aggressive discipline as well as positional discipline. We were not in the positions where we were intended to be, which was a major disadvantage when counter-pressing. As a result, counter-pressing suffers a significant disadvantage. We lacked passion and commitment in our defense. That’s very much what we witnessed. We dug out the specifics because this isn’t about broad criticism; it’s about specific occurrences. It’s all about having faith in the players. I like the players, the camaraderie, and being a part of it. Together, we can do more.”
Chelsea were shocked to lose 4-1 to Brentford last week. Getty Images/Harriet Lander/Copa
Chelsea have reservations about Romelu Lukaku (Achilles) and Hakim Ziyech (knock), but Tuchel is optimistic about N’Golo Kante resuming his own form.
Last year’s Champions League Midfielder of the Year, N’Golo Kante, was replaced at halftime against Real Madrid, and Tuchel suggested that Ramadan was hurting the 31-year-old.
“One thing is clear: N’Golo is a crucial player with exceptional and distinct skills,” Tuchel added. “For other clubs, it might be attackers or central defenders,” he says. For us, it’s N’Golo, a one-of-a-kind player who can provide the squad something no one else can.
“He has struggled with consistency this season owing to injuries and sickness. Of fact, this is also the cause for our inconsistencies. If you look at the minutes he is available to play, he can play in a lot of games. He is now fasting in accordance with his faith and beliefs. Perhaps there’s another explanation. He isn’t doing it for the first time, but it may have an impact if you don’t eat throughout the day for many days.
“He’s accustomed to that, but it might also explain why we got the impression he wasn’t performing at his best, especially when compared to how influential he was against Real Madrid last season. This is also nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed about. This is a notable player with distinct characteristics. We try to push him and assist him because we know what we’re up against when he’s on the field.”
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