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“We Are Not Tough Enough”-Tuchel Admits

Chelsea suffered their second defeat of the season away at Southampton on Tuesday 30th of August 2022 to continue their poor start to the season under current manager Thomas Tuchel. The blues have only kept one clean sheet in their last five league games, and this has led many Chelsea fans to question the decisions of Thomas Tuchel recently. Tuchels men took the lead through Sterlings early strike but as usual lost concentration as their lead only lasted for five minutes. The saints replied with goals from Romeo Lavia and Adam Armstrong as both goals seemed to be enough to hand them their first victory this season. Chelsea fought back for an equalizer but were denied on multiple occasions, goal line clearances from Thiago Silva and Marc Cucurella were enough to keep the scoreline at 2-1 but not enough to grab at least a point for the blues in a disappointing evening.

Reacting to the defeat Tuchel admitted that his players are getting bullied far too easily. Speaking after the game in an interview Tuchel said “we are not tough enough win these matches away, it was the same story in Leeds, there we thought the problem was we didn’t score in the first 25 minutes and then they pushed us off-balance in two minutes with two goals and we could not find any answers. Today we scored so everything was okay but one set piece again, one sloppy defending again, we were off-balance and we did not react to it. we were lucky not to concede a third goal at the beginning of the second half. We weren’t tough enough as a team to react or push it over the line for us.

“Soft defending. What stops that is pure mentality, stop it with defending mentality. There is no superiority for the opponent, there is no need to give shots away, just toughen up as a team and show a different mentality. I don’t like to talk about it normally because you cannot prove it with data or tactical position but it is like this. Both goals are cheap, soft goals and should not happen if you expect to win a match in the evening at away stadium.”

According to Tuchel Chelsea players who are not faced with injury worries should step up their game in the absence of first team players. Tuchel also acknowledged the fact that the rising injury crises is really affecting the team. Speaking further he said “it reminded me of Juventus last season, we played a fantastic match at Stamford Bridge and after that we had chilly [Ben Chilwell] off for eight months and N’Golo Kante for three months. It was the same against Tottenham[earlier this month]. Our key player[Kante]says goodbye for six weeks  minimum and then it’s red cards and Ruben is off injured, and Kovacic is off injured for eight weeks, Reece James is off with illness. It’s key player after key player. With our demands and ambition we have it’s like that. If these key players are missing you need to show a different mentality. it’s not enough at the moment to win at Leeds and Southampton. We are humble enough to accept we can lose football matches but it’s too easy to push us off track, too easy to win challenges, too easy to bully us.

“Yesterday, we had 16 players in training. I can not dream about what will happen if we have everybody back, I just have what we have on the training pitch and this is not a lot at the moment.”

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