Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel says he doesn’t need to fine players in order to maintain discipline at Cobham, insisting: “I am not the police here. I am not hanging around the window checking the time.”
Tuchel has enjoyed a fine start at Stamford Bridge since taking over from Frank Lampard at the end of January. The Blues are unbeaten in 11 matches under the German and will look to extend that to twelve tomorrow when they take on Leeds United at Elland Road.
During his brief period in charge, Tuchel has managed to unite the Chelsea squad.
He has brought several players on the fringes under Frank Lampard back into the first-team fold, with the likes of Marcos Alonso, Antonio Rudiger and Jorginho impressing in recent matches.
With Lampard at the helm, there were a number of fines in place to govern the behaviour of Chelsea’s stars.
First-team players could be fined a minimum of £20,000 if they arrived late to training, £1,000 if their phone rings during a team meal or meeting, and £5,000 if they do not appear at corporate or charity events.
Tuchel accepts that fining players is an effective way to help ensure disciplined is maintained at a football club, but he admits he isn’t aware whether such a system is still in place at Chelsea and certainly isn’t the one deciding what constitutes a breach of the rules.
“I’m not aware of that,” Tuchel said when asked about the fines set out under Lampard.
“First of all, I trust that people show up on time because a group is like a family. If you want to live together in harmony, everybody needs to accept certain values about how the family is run.
“I’m more into trusting and feeling the same values and convincing them about the values than into setting the rules and setting fines.
“I’m not against fines but I think it should be something in the dressing room, something the experienced players take care of. They set the rules themselves with the fines.”
He continued: “It is absolutely clear that when we do training at eleven, then it starts at eleven. Not two past eleven. But I have the feeling that this is a very reliable group.”
Tuchel insists no player has yet been late for a team meeting or for a training session. And that’s why he isn’t going to concern himself with the minutiae of day-to-day activity at Cobham.
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“Everybody has been on time at the moment,” the 47-year-old said. “This is what concerns me. If a player arrives at 10.01, 9.59, or whatever, I am not the police here. I am not hanging around the window checking the time.
“I have a job to do and I expect my players to take care of that. To live and guide as an example how you live at Chelsea.”