Frank Leboeuf has warned Thomas Tuchel about possible ego problems he might face with several Chelsea players struggling to get minutes on the pitch.
It is safe to say that we could pretty much name Tuchel’s first-choice line up at this point.
Except for the rotation in cup games and injury problems, Tuchel has opted for mostly the same set of players in the last three weeks since his arrival.
According to Leboeuf, this will eventually cause an issue in the dressing room.
“You know, in some teams, you have leaders and there is no way that you could say, ‘I’m better than him’ — because they know [those leaders] are going to play,” Leboeuf told ESPN FC.
“That is not the case at Chelsea where you have players who are at the same level and have been bought at expensive prices.
“Players like [Hakim] Ziyech, [Ben] Chilwell, [Christian] Pulisic, [Kai] Havertz, and they are all on the bench.
“That is going to be a problem at some point.”
The former France international believes that to these players, it does not matter if they are not playing because some others are playing well.
“They’ll knock the door and they’ll say, ‘I want to go, because I’m sure I’m [could play somewhere else]’,” he added.
“Because there is no hierarchy among the players.
“Tuchel will have to be very, very strong to manage these ego problems he is going to have as soon as they don’t have good results.”
From a Chelsea fan’s point of view, team selection should always be about getting the results on the pitch.
This might not be the case for players who might prioritise their careers, especially with the international spots ahead of Euros possibly at stake.
While the likes of Ziyech, Pulisic, and Havertz are not Tuchel’s signings, they likely did not agree to come to Chelsea to play second fiddle.