‘Some may have thought it was a punishment’: Thomas Tuchel admits he risked upsetting Chelsea stars by canceling their day off talks after the Wolves capitulated while playing in the lower row against Marcos Alonso
- Chelsea have signed up for an extra day of training after a 2-2 draw with the Wolves
- It was claimed that several players were irritated by the decision of Thomas Tuchel
- But the manager insisted a step had been taken to keep his stars together
- Tuchel also confirmed that his quarrel with Marcos Alons ended in the first half
Thomas Tuchel accepts that he may not be very popular at Chelsea after he canceled his players ’day off ahead of this crucial week.
‘It’s not a day for a day off,’ Tuchel said after inviting them on Sunday after a disappointing draw with the Wolves, also canceling his own plans ahead of tonight’s trip to Leeds and Saturday’s FA Cup final against Liverpool.
The Chelsea boss has ruled out stars on Elland Road for fear of injury. Instead, he increased their work as they chased after silverware and the top four.
Thomas Tuchel says Chelsea stars felt punished for being dragged to an extra day of training
‘Of course, no one is happy when we say after a game that we think we should cancel a day off. That is clear, but I felt I could understand, ‘Tuchel said.
‘Maybe we did some of them a favor,’ he joked when it was pointed out that the players may have missed lunch with relatives.
‘If you want to be loved on a daily basis, you shouldn’t become a high-level football coach,’ Tuchel added.
The Blues missed a two-goal lead against the Wolves after receiving their final tie
‘If you have a reason my experience is: state the reason and then what can you do? He should accept that … it’s not that I’m bringing you because you’re not good and I’m punishing you. ‘ Instead, Tuchel said, ‘We just cleaned up the air …. then we took the time to give ourselves the freedom to prepare for the game.’
After one win in five matches, Chelsea face the Leeds team that led to the exclusion of Luke Ayling during a fight to avoid relegation due to horror challenges against Arsenal.
“We trust the trial and the opponent that a certain level of fair play will not be exceeded,” Tuchel said.
Romelu Lukaku scored twice in a 2-2 draw with the Wolves, and Tuchel admitted the striker deserved more after the game.
Chief Tuchel explained that his decision was made to keep his team together after their failure
‘He’s more than welcome to show (it) all the time. He has been scoring goals since he was six. It’s in his body and I tell him all the time – to trust his body, his brain, his instincts, ‘Tuchel added.
‘You’ll never forget how to score, but he needs a spark and hopefully that was it.’ Tuchel praised Lukaku’s attitude and commitment, adding: ‘That’s what we love about him. No big ego, no ego at all. ‘
Tuchel revealed yesterday that he has not yet met with potential new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly – nor has he revealed how much he will have to spend this summer after the £ 4.25 billion takeover is completed.
The dispute between Tuchel and Marcos Alons was resolved in the first half, the boss insisted