Ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League game against Malmö Fotbollförening on Wednesday, Thomas Tuchel has opened up on his concerns about the London side current form.
Chelsea will be hoping to put their defeat to Juventus in Turin behind them as they face Malmo in west London. The Swedish side sit bottom of the group, having lost both of their games.
Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League game tomorrow, the German boss thinks his players are physically and mentally fatigued from having played so many games.
“We lack a bit of enthusiasm in the last percent. One big reason is that we play too much. Not we as the club, but the players. I am a big friend of quality and not quantity. This is the sitaution right now. It is what we are facing.”
“This is nothing new. The next national break is coming, it is coming soon. It will not change. On the opposite, in January or February we have another competition to play in. We can look a bit stiff, a bit harder than it should be. We are talking about Premier League, the toughest league in the world.”
“We have to embrace the situation that it’s difficult. We find ways to win games, we need to improve. We lack a bit of form, freshness and joy. For me the key reason is not the mentality, attitude but what you said. We are coming from travels, coming from planes. If you travel through time zones, are in a hotel, then change the hotel. It is easy said.”
“You are one day at home, see your family, then you are back to the hotel. You play Brentford then the next one is Champions League. It can be tiring and I can only repeat it.”
“I am a big friend of quality and the quality players need to be in shape because the spectators want to see the best players in the best shape. This is simply too much football and too many competitions.” He concluded.