Thomas Tuchel has sounded a warning about Chelsea’s transfer activity and questioned the commitment of his current players after watching his team beat Premier League rival Arsenal in Orlando.
Gabriel Jesus, Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka and Albert Sambi Lukunga scored in a pre-season game in Florida on Saturday night.
The result not only left Tuchel pointing an accusing finger at his players – but it also prompted a public plea to club bosses over ‘urgent’ hiring.
“I’m far from relaxed,” he said. “We deserved to lose which is fair enough because we simply weren’t good enough. We simply weren’t competitive.
“Last week proves my point. I’d absolutely prefer not to be right. I did everything to prove I was wrong, but for now I feel I was right.
“I look at last season and parts of the game we struggled, parts of the season we struggled, then we were punished and we left players, some players are trying to leave us, and that’s where it is now.
So we had an urgent appeal to the top players, and a large number of the top players. We have two quality players but we are not that competitive. Unfortunately you can see it today.”
Tuchel signed Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly, but is seeking more defensive reinforcements for the team that lost Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen to Real Madrid and Barcelona, respectively.
The Chelsea boss admitted Cesar Azpilicueta wanted to join Christensen at Barcelona but the German coach said the mentality was a widespread concern.
“The worrying part is that the level of physical and mental commitment for this match was much higher for Arsenal than it is for us,” he said. “They’ve played I think what their strongest squad and structure you see now for a few weeks. That was the squad they were going to try to start with in the Premier League games.
“It was definitely not our strongest squad. That’s part of an explanation but only a small part and the other part is worrying.
“I can’t guarantee we’ll be ready in two weeks. Today I saw a team from Arsenal that had an idea of how to play to a level of fatigue and a level of physical commitment that we can’t counter, and also a level of mental commitment, which we lack because we have a lot of players thinking about To leave, they are looking for other options, and we have players who have left. I think that is clear at the moment.”
Chelsea face a pre-season final against Udinese in Italy on Friday, before kicking off their Premier League campaign away to Everton on August 6.
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