Tuchel pokes fun at Chelsea star Raheem Sterling over table tennis

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel teased Raheem Sterling and his confidence in his table tennis skills during a Q&A session.

The Blues spent a couple of weeks in the United States for a pre-season tour this summer.

It was not exactly an ideal situation to prepare for a season, considering the amount of time spent on travelling, etc., but the players likely enjoyed meeting with the fans and spending time together.

Tuchel revealed that there was a table tennis tournament between the players and the staff during the tour.

The German said some of his players were actually good, but he did not seem convinced by Sterling’s skills.

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“I would clearly say [myself] if there was not a pre-season tournament in Orlando,” the manager said when asked about the best table tennis players at Chelsea (via the club’s official YouTube channel).

“[It] was not international rules, I have to say, it was dirty street rules from the players.

“There are some good guys; Trevoh Chalobah and Jorginho are quite good, Callum Hudson-Odoi… Raheem Sterling thinks he’s quite good.

“I think the very best would be my assistant coach, Benjamin Weber, but he could not compete because of an injury.”

Well, it is safe to say that Tuchel was still not happy about that one loss against Sterling.

During a recent interview with Soccer AM, the manager also jokingly said that he let Sterling win as part of the “package of making new players feel comfortable”.

Tuchel also answered several other interesting questions, including one about his bucket list.

“Very easy,” he responded, “Premier League title is definitely on the list.”

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