Tuchel sends ‘urgent appeal for quality players’ at Chelsea after ‘worrying’ defeat to Arsenal

Date published: Sunday 24th July 2022 9:03 - Will Ford

Thomas Tuchel before a match

Thomas Tuchel says he is “far from relaxed” after Chelsea’s “worrying” 4-0 defeat to Arsenal, which he claims “proves his point” that further signings are required before the transfer window shuts.

Goals from Gabriel Jesus, Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka and Albert Sambi Lokonga continued Arsenal’s perfect preseason record and condemned Chelsea to their second defeat in three games.

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The defeat to Arsenal comes after losing on penalties to MLS side Charlotte FC having beaten Mexican side Club America 2-1.

And Tuchel says he “cannot guarantee we will be ready” for the start of the Premier League in two weeks’ time after a display against Arsenal lacking commitment.

“I am far from relaxed,” Tuchel said after Chelsea’s heavy defeat. “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.”

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

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

“The 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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