Soccer-Tuchel questions Chelsea commitment after pre-season loss to Arsenal
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has said he is worried about his side’s progress and concerned about his players’ lack of commitment on their pre-season tour of the United States after they slipped to a 4-4 defeat. 0 against Arsenal in Florida on Saturday. Gabriel Jesus, Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka and Albert Sambi Lokonga scored in a comfortable win at Camping World Stadium in Orlando as Arsenal ended their US tour by winning all three of their games.
“We just weren’t competitive,” Tuchel told reporters. “What is worrying is that the level of physical and mental commitment for this match was much higher for Arsenal than for us. It was certainly not our strongest line-up. It’s part of an explanation, but only a small part… I can’t guarantee we’ll be ready in two weeks’ time,” he added, referring to Chelsea’s Premier League opener. League at Everton on August 6.
Chelsea beat Mexican side Club America and lost to Major League Soccer side Charlotte FC on penalties in their previous pre-season friendlies in the United States. “I don’t know if I’ve ever lost a game in pre-season 4-0. I can’t remember not winning two games in a row in pre-season,” Tuchel said. “I’m superstitious, but not in the sense that I say a bad pre-season has to mean a bad season.”
Following a Todd Boehly-led takeover, Chelsea brought in Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly, but Tuchel added the team’s pre-season results proved him right on the need for new additions to the squad. crew. “Unfortunately it proved my point and last week proves it,” Tuchel said. “I feel like I was right when I look at last season and the parts of the game where we struggled and how we struggled.
“We’ve been sanctioned and players have left us, we know some players are trying to leave us, and that’s where it’s at. We had an urgent call for quality players and a lot of quality players. We have two quality players – there’s no doubt about that – but we’re not competitive like that and unfortunately we could see that today.”
Arsenal’s new Brazilian striker Jesus scored his fourth pre-season goal but was taken out of the game after picking up an injury. “He got hit on his quad in the first half and he didn’t feel very comfortable,” Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said. “We decided not to take any risks today.”
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