Neville: Tuchel ‘worried’ for Chelsea future despite ‘credit in bank’

Will Ford
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel

Gary Neville believes Thomas Tuchel has “credit in the bank” at Chelsea but claims he will be a “little bit worried” for his future at the club.

Chelsea were held to a goalless draw by Wolves on Sunday, losing more ground in the Premier League title race as they now sit six points behind Manchester City.

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The Blues asked for the game at Molineux to be postponed due to coronavirus cases in the squad, but the request was rejected by the Premier League.

Tuchel named just six players on the bench as his side failed to win for the third time in four games.

Asked whether Tuchel is under pressure at Stamford Bridge, Neville said on his podcast: “I think he’s got enough credit in the bank.

“I know it’s a club that does things very differently, but I’d hate to think that Thomas Tuchel is under pressure and they’re thinking of making a change, I can’t believe that to be the case.

“I think he’ll be a little bit worried. I think mentally when you try to get a game called off and you’re then told to play it, I can’t think that will help the mindset in that game.

“I know they didn’t have a full bench, and we’ll have to ask later why more young players couldn’t come onto it, but it was a strong Chelsea team.”

Tuchel said 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.

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.”