Report shares why multiple Chelsea attackers aren't best pleased with Thomas Tuchel right now

There is reportedly a mass feeling of discontent amongst several Chelsea forwards towards Thomas Tuchel’s methods.

According to The Athletic sources, many of the club’s attacking players have not reacted kindly to the way their manager has used and treated them.

One source claims that Tuchel is ‘brutal’ with his offensive contingent, often dishing out heavy criticism for mistakes or even missed chances in training.

The Athletic go as far as to say that some of the disgruntled bunch are debating whether or not to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer.

Is honesty the best policy?

This particular revelation will certainly come as a surprise to most supporters.


In general, Tuchel’s introduction has lifted the club from the sorry position they found themselves at the end of Frank Lampard’s tenure.

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He brought the feel-good factor back, both on the pitch with excellent results and off it, thanks to his regular openness and honesty whilst speaking to the media.

However, maybe it is this directness that a handful of the squad have taken to heart.

Home truths hit harder with some than others, especially if the response is one of anger.

Tuchel’s varied way of talking

Perhaps we should’ve seen this surge of unhappiness from a certain section of the camp coming.

After all, the way Tuchel speaks about his defenders or midfielders is quite different from his reaction to strikers.

He often sets the attackers challenges, whilst generally praising or protecting those in deeper positions.

On Romelu Lukaku’s performance against Manchester City, the coach said: “He had many ball losses without any pressure, many ball losses in very promising circumstances.

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The German spoke gushingly about Thiago Silva after he signed a new one-year contract.

“This makes him also so precious for our team and dressing room, he can feel emotions and different ones form others so can help so much.”

“There are some years to come from him. If he fights for it, as he fights now to adapt to the Premier League and his positions, there will be goals and assists under his belt,” he said of Kai Havertz.

“Reece (James), N’Golo Kante and him (Mason Mount) were so strong together. When you turn, you know without even looking he will come now, or I will go and get the pass and he will come, so I will be here,” were the words of Tuchel on James, Kante and Mount’s relationship.

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Attacking anger

These are just a handful of examples that hint towards a differing treatment of different members of the team.

There is a case for Tuchel’s conduct affecting the centre-forwards.

Lukaku hasn’t looked right since the start of the season, Havertz has been on the bench for the last five games, whilst Timo Werner constantly appears void of confidence.

Is the kingdom crumbling from within? Only the man in charge can tell us for sure.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.