‘I don’t care about the point’ – Tuchel bemused as PL make Chelsea play

Lewis Oldham
Wolves versus Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea

Thomas Tuchel is bemused by the Premier League’s decision to let Chelsea’s game versus Wolves on Sunday go ahead despite their Covid-19 issues.

Chelsea requested for Sunday’s game to be called off. This would have been the seventh Premier League game to be postponed this weekend.

This plea was denied as the clash at Molineux went ahead as planned. This decision angered Tuchel before kick off as Chelsea are without at least eight players due to Covid-19.

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Chelsea were not at their best against Wolves, who had a goal ruled out in the first half by VAR.

The Blues only had one shot on target as they were made to settle for a point. They have now won just two of their last six games in the Premier League.

This dip in form has seen them fall six points adrift of league leaders Manchester City before Christmas.

As quoted by BBC Sport, Tuchel suggested after the draw that he was “happy” with his side’s performance “given the circumstances”:

“I don’t care about the point. I am pleased with the performance, especially in the second half. The first half was a bit of a struggle for us, we had to grow into the game,” Tuchel said.

“Some players had to adapt to new positions. We are not lucky enough in these moments to win games but I am happy with how we played. It was nice to coach from the sideline.

“Wolves don’t concede many chances or goals. We could not expect to create an awful lot but we tried and never stopped trying. The second half was very strong and given the circumstances I am happy with the performance.”

On the Covid-19 situation and the game going ahead: “I gave my opinion, the club gave its opinion, we talk a lot about safety and protecting the players, not so sure we did this today. On we go.

“If we have tomorrow and the next test and the next positive I would like to speak to the Premier League about what they expect. If they make us play against Brentford shall we not arrive or not train? What should we do?

“Everyone is allowed to have an opinion. We had an opinion and the Premier League had an opinion. We agree to disagree.”