Tuchel aims dig at some Chelsea stars after 'worrying' Arsenal defeat

Thomas Tuchel insisted that Chelsea have the same attacking issues because they still mostly have the same players after the frustrating 4-0 pre-season defeat to London rivals Arsenal in Florida, United States.

It was a pre-season game, but the difference in terms of the level of fitness and readiness ahead of the new season between the two sides is certainly worrying.

Chelsea were simply full of holes in all areas of the pitch.

After the game, Tuchel addressed one of these obvious problems; his team’s lack of goalscoring threats.

The Blues only managed to score three goals in the three games they have played in the United States so far and looked toothless against Arsenal.

Tuchel highlighted how after struggling to even get out of their own half in the first half, Chelsea failed to create many goalscoring chances in the second half.

Arsenal, on the other hand, could have scored more than four.

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“Listen, it’s the same players, so why should everything change?” the manager explained in his post-match press conference (via Hayters TV).

“We will see, hopefully, development, but at the moment, maybe we have the same issues because we have the same players.”

Tuchel also mentioned that, unlike Mikel Arteta’s, several of his players were not committed enough in the game.

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“They [Arsenal] were committed to playing to a level of exhaustion a level of physical commitment that we could not match,” the German added.

“[They also showed] 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.”

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