Thomas Tuchel slams Chelsea ‘commitment’ after thrashing Arsenal in pre-season

Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel said he was concerned about his team’s progress and worried about his players’ lack of commitment during their pre-season tour of the United States after they lost 4-0 to Arsenal in Florida on Saturday.

Gabriel Jesus, Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka and Albert Sambi Lukunga scored a comfortable victory at Camping World in Orlando as Arsenal concluded their tour of the United States by winning all three of their matches.

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“We simply weren’t able to compete,” Tuchel told reporters. “The worrying part is that the level of physical and mental commitment for this match was much higher for Arsenal than it is for us.

“It was definitely not our strongest squad. That’s part of an explanation but only a small part… I can’t guarantee we’ll be ready in two weeks,” he added, referring to Chelsea’s opening Premier League match at Everton on August 1 ( Father). 6.

Chelsea defeated Mexican club America and lost to Major League Soccer team Charlotte on penalties in the pre-season friendlies in the United States.

“I don’t know if I lost a pre-season game 4-0. I don’t remember not winning two games in a row in pre-season,” Tuchel said. “I’m superstitious but not in the way that I say bad preparation means a bad season.”

After a takeover led by Todd Poelly, Chelsea signed Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly, but Tuchel added that the team’s pre-season results proved correct about the need for further additions to the squad.

“Unfortunately, you proved my point and last week he proved my point,” Tuchel added. “I feel I was right when I look back at last season and at the parts of the game where we suffered and how we suffered.

“We have been penalized and we have left players, we know some players are trying to leave us, and that is where it is. We had an urgent call for the top players and a large number of top players.

“We have two great players – that’s without a doubt – but we’re not that competitive and unfortunately we can see him today.”

Arsenal’s new Brazilian striker Jesus scored his fourth goal before the start of the season, but withdrew from the match after suffering an injury.

“He hit his quad in the first half and wasn’t very comfortable,” said Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta. “We decided not to take any risks today.”

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