Every word Thomas Tuchel said on Chelsea’s European Super League decision and Stamford Bridge worry


What do you think now the ESL has collapsed?

I don’t have to prove to you that I’m passionate about this game, this is clear, to everybody who works in this club. Me, myself and my team love this game, we love the competition. Honestly the last two hours I did not think one second about Super League. I was totally into the match.

And now, I’m more disappointed that we didn’t have our best day and couldn’t win than any other subject, including the Super League. I am just coming from the dressing room. We were not talking about that, we were talking about the game 100 percent.”

Chelsea fans before the game, were you impressed?

My message is clear, we miss every supporter. We miss them for over a year, I don’t want to get used to playing in front of empty stadiums. This is my message. The message is clear.

We had the feeling they support us and the team, they feel how much the team shows their commitment and passion for this game in the last weeks. We played in different competitions, in Champions League, we left our heart and soul on Wembley ground in the semi-final.

This is what it’s all about. This club loves competition, it’s a very competitive club and this is what excites me and why I’m so happy to be here and to compete in the toughest league in the world, for sure in Europe. I trust my club to take the right decisions, to be in the future a competitive club. And we miss our fans, there’s no doubt at it.


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Brighton, thoughts on their performance?

If we cannot win, I am not so pleased to play against them. They were very strong, they are a very underrated team. They deserve more points than they have. They have a lot of quality, a unique style of playing, that makes it difficult to create chances against them, they almost man-mark across the whole pitch.

That created problems for us, and we could not find the answers to it. We were not good enough in counter-movements, we were not good enough in one touch football or after ball losses. We didn’t create too many moments in counter-pressing.

That’s why it was a tough, tough match. And we were a bit tired mentally and physically. We couldn’t find the rhythm that we normally play.

That’s credit to Brighton for a strong defensive performance. In the end, we had two strong mistakes in the build up and could lose the game. We have to accept it and keep on moving forward.

Can you be pleased with a point when the frustrations go away?

I fear I will never be pleased with a point at Stamford Bridge. I fear this will never happen. It was clearly our target to win the home match, we knew it was a tough one. I was a bit concerned about the physical impact and the travelling after Porto and Man City as we decided to play without so many changes between those games.

Today we had enough changes to be a bit fresher, but maybe we lacked one day. It’s a big difference if you have two or three days between matches. Maybe we lacked one day to be more relaxed, more fresh. But we have to admit there has been a huge distraction in the last two days.

There was not the full focus on our game which maybe plays a role in this. Given the circumstances, we were clearly not happy but we didn’t deserve more today, which is maybe for the first time.

Tomorrow is a day off, well deserved. Then we will prepare for the West Ham game. We will have one or two nights to sleep on this. We are in fourth place, it’s in our hands. It’s a tight race.

We’ve missed two opportunities in home matches and this worries me a little bit. But we have to keep going.

Is it up to the owners to realise the game is about risk, competition, integrity, and everything that goes with that so we’re not talking about this in two and three years’ time?

I think the owners, the presidents, those who are responsible for clubs know this. I cannot think anything else but that they love competitions because they like to win big trophies and they have a passion for football.

Look at the owners here in Premier League, what they invest, the teams they build, the clubs they build. It’s the most competitive league in the world and this is also because the owners built strong clubs and teams. Don’t forget it.

So I would like to hear arguments and I would like to hear the real points behind it [the European Super League], the real idea behind, the details behind it. I don’t have any details and it clearly does not feel good as a coach when you are asked all the time about it.

That’s why I can only repeat I am not the right person to talk about it because I’ve not read one page of this idea. I believe strongly and I trust my club of course. I believe strongly that the owners are about competition because they’ve built a very, very competitive league and very competitive clubs.





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