Thomas Tuchel believes his gamers should run tougher after three heavy dwelling defeats however has denied that Chelsea’s current struggles at Stamford Bridge are all the way down to laziness.
Chelsea, who’ve conceded 11 targets of their previous three dwelling video games, are beneath stress to lift their stage earlier than internet hosting West Ham on Sunday. They made extra defensive errors throughout their 4-2 defeat to Arsenal final Wednesday and Tuchel, who additionally noticed Brentford and Real Madrid run riot at Stamford Bridge this month, has been pressured to contemplate whether or not the European champions have grown lazy.
“Maybe … then it comes back to me because I should push them and make them alert,” he mentioned. “It’s human to be tired, human to be more alert in a knockout game than a normal match. Sometimes it’s also good, the foundation to be able to play 60 games.
“I remember at Mainz with one game a week and every game was like a cup final. On a Saturday, we gave 150% physically but also mentally, the players were drained until Tuesday. Once I stepped into being coach at Borussia Dortmund, I saw that players gave everything physically on a normal match but mentally it was not the same stress level as for players at Mainz. They were capable of playing more games.
“It’s a thin line in judging – that’s why lazy is the wrong word. But it’s OK to feel less tension in a normal match in the Premier League and a home match than if you go to the Bernabéu. It’s normal because it is maybe less tension, less excitement, less pressure. But it cannot lead to being less alert. This can never happen.”
Chelsea, 5 factors away from fourth-placed Tottenham, are ninth within the Premier League’s dwelling desk. “I don’t know what it is,” Tuchel mentioned of his facet’s disappointing kind at Stamford Bridge. “If it was just the one thing, we would switch dressing rooms or take another hotel or something like this.
“But that would maybe be more superstition than anything else. I have no solution but it’s also not the level that we want to produce in home games.”