Thomas Tuchel’s plan for the international break after Chelsea’s struggle vs Burnley



As the final whistle blew at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea had to settle for a draw with Burnley, there was a familiar feeling left lingering in west London.

Chelsea had recorded 25 shots but only had the first half strike of Kai Havertz to show for their work As per Understat, the Blues recorded an xG of 3.01, as wayward shooting left the Clarets an opportunity to equalise late on.

Trouble in front of goal is not an issue Thomas Tuchel is unfamiliar with. While the Blues have found goals from all around the pitch this season, the signing of Romelu Lukaku for a record £97.5 million was prompted by the struggle to find a focal point whose responsiblity was finding the back of the net.

Chelsea‘s top goalscorer in the league was Jorginho with seven goals as the Blues underpeformed their xG by 13.31 over the course 2020/21.

When it was put forward to Tuchel, that if the issues were still there, was there a problem in training, the German coach couldn’t help but laugh.

“Sure, there’s something going wrong in training,” he said.

“We will now change everything, it’s unacceptable, the points, the way we play and the points we have cannot stay like this, We have to turn things around and question everything and that is what we will the next two weeks.

“Seriously, it’s the same squad that score seven [against Norwich] and four [against Malmo] and we had so many chances and expected goals and touches in the box that we can win easily.

“We got lucky against Brentford by keeping the clean sheet, today we couldn’t hold the clean sheet. Normally, you would say we lost after 70 minutes, we lost control and the pressure mounted but it was not like this it was simply bad luck.

“I don’t see a general thing here, we play with the effort we play and we try everything and we will take your advice to heart and look if we can change something in training.”

The draw with the Clarets is the only time the Blues have dropped points since the October international break.

On the eve of another, Tuchel plans to spend some time away from watching football while a large number of his squad fly off on international duty.

There’s no doubt he will spend some time working hard with the players that remain at Cobham, the Blues boss hopes for some relaxation.

The 48-year-old said of his plans: “Very boring. Drive my kids to school and pick them up from school and in between go with the dog in the forest and read some books. I think I will not watch a lot of football and if just because it’s curious, it’s relaxing to sit in front of the TV.”





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