Sunday 24 July 2022

Florida Cup final: Tuchel slams Chelsea stars, sends transfer message after defeat to Arsenal

 Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel has hit out at his team while sending a transfer message to the club’s new co-owner, Todd Boehly, following his team’s Florida Cup final pre-season friendly 4-0 defeat to Arsenal at the weekend.

Tuchel said Chelsea’s ‘worrying’ defeat to Arsenal’ proves his point’ that the Blues require further signings before the summer transfer window shuts.

According to him, Chelsea were not good enough against their Premier League London rivals Arsenal at the Camping World Stadium in the USA.

The German watched as Mikel Arteta’s side defeated Chelsea in Florida following goals from Gabriel Jesus, Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka and Albert Sambi Lokonga. 

This was Chelsea’s third and final fixture of their US tour, with the west London club beating Mexican team Club America 2-1 and losing on penalties to MLS side Charlotte FC.

Tuchel has seen Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly arrive at Stamford Bridge this summer but believes Boehly need to make further reinforcements urgently ahead of the new season.

“I am far from relaxed,” Tuchel said at his post-match press conference. “We were simply not good enough. We were simply not competitive.

“The worrying part is that the level of commitment physically and mentally for this match was far higher for Arsenal than for us.

“They played I think what is their strongest line-up and structure that you see now for several weeks. This was the line-up they will try to start for Premier League games.

“It was surely not our strongest line-up. This is a part of an explanation but only a little part and the other part is worrying. I cannot guarantee we will be ready in two weeks.”

On the need for new signings, Tuchel added: “My analysing of the season does not change because of this game. Unfortunately, it proved my point.

“Last week proves my point. I would absolutely prefer not to be right. I did everything to prove myself wrong, but at the moment, I feel that I was right.

“I look at the last season and parts of the game where we struggled, parts of the season where we struggled, and then we got sanctioned and players left us and some players are trying to leave us, and this is where it is.

“So we had an urgent appeal for quality players, a huge amount of quality players. We got two quality players, but we are not competitive like this. Unfortunately, you could see it today.”

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