Arsenal absolutely crushed Chelsea in their latest pre-season friendly and the 4-0 defeat has manager Thomas Tuchel worried(rightly so).
Tuchel started his time in England with a bang but that initial aura is slowly fading away and the 4-0 loss has exposed a lot of problems in the current Chelsea squad.
Arsenal have signed several new players this summer but they have taken no time to hit their stride. The Blues are in a completely different direction as they looked out of sorts on the pitch.
The Chelsea manager has very candidly admitted that his team are nowhere close to the best and this is a worrying sign for him because the new season is just around the corner.
Speaking after the game, he said, as per talkSPORT: “I think we deserved to lose – which is fair enough – because we were simply not good enough.
“We were absolutely not competitive. The worrying part is the level of commitment, physically and mentally, for this match was not the same, it was far higher for Arsenal than us.
“We can argue they played with I think their strongest line-up; they’ve had now together several weeks and for more than one year. They’ve strengthened their line-up, played the same structure, and this is the line-up they’ll try to start Premier League games.
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“It was not our strongest line-up and this is part of an explanation, but only a little part. The other part is worrying.
“At the moment, given the last two weeks, given our last week and given the game today we should not mention the two teams in front of us.
“We got, like, absolutely beaten by a team that does not play Champions League next season, that is behind us. And it seems at the moment far ahead of us.”
Chelsea have lost Lukaku, Christensen and Antonio Rudiger this summer and all of them were first-team regulars in the previous. Yes, they have brought in Sterling and Koulibaly to fill up the void but they are constantly being outsmarted in the market(especially by FC Barcelona).
The new Premier League season is just two weeks away and given the poor state that Chelsea are in, it is very hard to see them hit top gear from the very first matchweek.
There are talks of new players coming in and there are also rumours that Tuchel wants to get rid of a few unwanted players from his current squad. While all this is fine but the manager will need time to work out all of his tactics with the new arrivals but in reality, he might not have time to do all this.
The new owners have been trying really hard to back their manager in the transfer market but they will have to pull up their socks and enforce their transfer plans at the earliest.
The competition will be cut-throat so Chelsea will be given little to no time to adjust and readjust once the season kicks off so Thomas Tuchel will have to work his magic in the coming two weeks or else Chelsea will be in deep trouble.