Arsenal 4-0 Chelsea: Thomas Tuchel blast Chelsea players, says they lack ‘commitment’

Arsenal 4-0 Chelsea: Thomas Tuchel blast Chelsea players, says they lack 'commitment'

Thomas Tuchel has taken time to blast his Chelsea players for the dreadful display they put on during this weekend’s 4-0 preseason loss to their Premier League rivals, Arsenal.Arsenal 4-0 Chelsea: Thomas Tuchel blast Chelsea players, says they lack 'commitment'

In Orlando, on the penultimate stage of their respective US tours, Mikel Arteta’s Gunners crushed and humbled the Blues.

Gabriel Jesus and Martin Odegaard gave Arsenal a 2-0 lead before the half, while Bukayo Saka and Albert Sambi Lokonga goals in the second half sealed an easy victory for the north London team.

Tuchel was extremely disappointed with Chelsea’s effort and attitude, and he stated the obvious that their performance was brought on by the fact that many first-team players have made it clear they want to leave Stamford Bridge this summer.

I am far from relaxed. We deserved to lose which is fair enough because we were simply not good enough. We were simply not competitive. The worrying part is that the level of commitment physically and mentally for this match was far higher for Arsenal than for us. They played I think what is their strongest line-up and structure that you see now for several weeks. This was the line-up they will try to start for Premier League games. – Tuchel said.

Thomas Tuchel declared that he cannot promise that the Chelsea team would be prepared for the upcoming 2022/23 campaign, due to many of the players’ lack of commitment as they consider leaving the club.

It was surely not our strongest line-up. This is a part of an explanation but only a little part and the other part is worrying. I cannot guarantee we will be ready in two weeks [for the start of the season]. I saw a team from Arsenal that had an idea of how to play to a level of exhaustion and a level of physical commitment that we could not match, and also a level of mental commitment which we lack because we have a lot of players who think about leaving, are looking for other options, and we have players who left. I think this at the moment is obvious.”

Tuchel stated that this loss against Arsenal proves he is correct in needing to add a number of fresh players to his team before the season begins.

My analysing of the season does not change because of this game. Unfortunately, it proved my point. The last week proves my point. I would absolutely prefer not to be right. I did everything to prove myself wrong but at the moment I feel that I was right. I look at the last season and parts of the game where we struggled, parts of the season where we struggled, and then we got sanctioned and players left us and some players are trying to leave us, and this is where it is” – he said

The Chelsea head coach further added;

So we had an urgent appeal for quality players, a huge amount of quality players. We got two quality players but we are not competitive like this. Unfortunately you could see it today.”

Thomas Tuchel however, acknowledged that new signing – Kalidou Koulibaly, who came on as a substitute against Arsenal, was the Blues’ best player of the night.

He was the best player. He was incredibly good I have to say,” Tuchel said.

In the meantime, Chelsea is optimistic about getting Jules Kounde from Sevilla amid a late push from Spanish giants – Barcelona for his services.

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