Thomas Tuchel dragged his Chelsea team to extra training the day after scored a two-goal advantage at home to the Wolves, GOAL I can confirm, but the Blues have denied that Marcos Alonso took part in any break-up.
The four best hopes from Stamford Bridge seemed to be cruising up to three much-needed points in their final outing after seeing Romelu Lukaku – who is back in his starting XI after recent questions about his form – twice in the same minute just before the mark hours.
A late capitulation led to a winless streak extended to three games, while Francisco Trincao snatched the save for the Wolves and Conor Coady equalized in the 97th minute.
Why was Chelsea invited to additional training?
Demanding German tactician Tuchel was less than impressed with his team’s efforts as they allowed London rival Arsenal to get closer to a third-place finish, with Tottenham just five points behind the Blues.
He requested that all players report to Chelsea’s training base in Cobham on Sunday for a team meeting, with the scheduled day off canceled.
Those players who were involved in the 2-2 draw with the Wolves were asked to do the gym, while those who were on the bench or were left out of the squad on the day of the game completely underwent an additional session on the field.
However, the main focus of the day became a meeting to discuss the premature decline of form – with Chelsea preparing for the FA Cup final date with Liverpool at Wembley on Saturday.
The Blues have to pick up their game for that competition, but they have already played 59 games this season in all competitions and are in danger of allowing themselves to get tired.
Afterwards, Tuchel reacted to these reports, insisting that it was not a punishment, but that he thought it would be the best way to get over the omission of an important clue.
“Yes, we came in,” he admitted. “We planned a day off, but after the disappointment we didn’t even punish them. It was a day off and maybe some people thought it was a punishment. It wasn’t.
“It wasn’t a day off, it’s better to be together and talk about it than to go and everyone has their own opinion, their own truth. There is a greater risk of being in fragments than being here. how to approach the next days.
“We gathered everyone to have a chance to be together. A lot of players supported players under 23 on the second court, which was very nice. That’s us. A group of players with an open mind, great support. That was the feeling on Sunday.
That’s why it served Sunday morning, not to punish them or make a video session and show mistakes or behaviors we could have done better. It was just to be together, not in different groups, away from each other on a day off. what we could have done. That’s why we put it all in. “
Was Marcos Alonso involved in the breakup?
There were suggestions amid a disappointing match against the Wolves that Spanish defender Alonso was involved in a fierce exchange with Tuchel after being replaced at half-time by Saul Niguez.
GOAL he learned that was not the case, with the left back in line against Leeds on Wednesday.
Tuchel offered no indication against the background of the Blues’ last outing that he had any problems with Alonso, with a tactical tweak made during the interval with the aim of tightening his hips on his back.
He told the club official site when asked about his changes during the break: “Marcos was not injured, it was just a decision we made.
“Azpi [Cesar Azpilicueta] he had a yellow card and was very active in the first half, but he was too offensive. He took too many risks there and sometimes we only had Reuben [Loftus-Cheek] as a backup player in two in two and that’s why we’ve changed. Azpi had a yellow card and we wanted him to run in the second half. “
Adding about the alleged crash a few days later: “It started and ended in the first half [on the pitch]. It didn’t continue at half time. Nothing more. Things are settled. It happens.”