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Tuchel: Chelsea ‘not where we can be’ but feel ready with new focus, new excitement

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Chelsea’s month-long pre-season has certainly been busy, perhaps too busy in fact, with too much travelling, too many distractions, too many commitments outside of football itself – including for Thomas Tuchel him. -same. Add to that last season’s penalty hangover and the delayed start to summer following the ownership transition, and it’s no wonder we felt like we were already trying to catch up before even the start of the season.

“Frustrating is not the right word. It was difficult, very demanding. In terms of time, I was sometimes involved in things where I normally wouldn’t spend too much time. My day only lasts 24 hours, so sometimes I needed it and was happy that I could rely on my staff to do more training preparations than usual.

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“It was necessary, it was necessary. I spend a lot of time with our new owners aligning our thoughts, aligning our ideas, discussing and re-discussing our opinions. It was always like that, so I had to adapt. It wasn’t frustrating, but quite difficult and time consuming.

And while pre-season results still don’t matter, the 4-0 loss in sweltering Orlando, Florida to an Arsenal side watching the streets ahead was certainly the low point of the summer, with obvious frustrations not only with the result. but the way of defeat itself.

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We had hoped that 90 minutes would be a wake-up call, if nothing else, and it seems that is precisely what happened. Although there’s clearly no way to go but from here, Tuchel has been much happier with what he’s seen over the past two weeks.

“We are a few steps further. It was absolutely necessary. Maybe we also had to lose this game like we lost against Arsenal, against a big rival in the league who are trying to take our place. Maybe that was a wake-up call for everyone. Since then, we have stepped up.

“As always, the last week before the season is always when you feel a new focus, a new excitement, a new level of focus in training. The legs are fresh now, fresher than when we trained in Florida Still, we are not where we can be but see, we feel ready and competitive for tomorrow.

“A very good week of training so far, the atmosphere is back to what it was before the game against Arsenal, like in the first weeks of pre-season. Then we lost the energy towards the Arsenal match. Afterwards, we had to digest, but last week was good, we feel ready for tomorrow. This is very important in order not to lose focus and take the first week step by step. We took the opportunity to preparing all week Saturday, nothing else. That’s where we are.

The season begins at Goodison, not exactly our favorite place to play – winless in our last five there, including four straight losses.

Chelsea training session

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But despite the distractions and everything that’s happened, our ambitions remain the same, so it’s important to start on the right foot.

“I have a little trouble containing our ambitions. I don’t want to lower our ambitions. I also have a little trouble putting pressure on ourselves and saying yes we can because I think we are still a club in transition. We are still a team in transition. At the same time, I don’t want to limit ourselves from the start and say it’s not possible because who knows what is possible?

“For me it’s possible both ways, so we have to be humble and strive to be the best version of ourselves. I can only speak for ourselves. We have the ability to win football matches back to back in the Premier League. That’s what we’re trying to do. We’re well aware of the quality of Liverpool and Man City. I’m well aware of the quality of Tottenham, Arsenal and Man United.

“There are normally one or two teams that maybe surprisingly step up and overperform. It’s the Premier League, that’s why it’s so exciting. I don’t want to limit our expectations at this time. At the same time, I don’t want to put too much pressure on us.

“[We] have to be ready for Saturday and we will be ready. We will take advantage of the start of the season where we have a full week to prepare. This is where the focus is. Step by step, it looks like we have a very competitive team.

“I’m very happy with the players who have come to strengthen our team and what they bring to this team. That’s where the focus is. The players came late, we’re a little behind, again do we have to adapt, more players to come. It’s kind of a disadvantage but for Saturday we have the guys we have. We are counting on them and will push them to the limit. We can be ready to win a tough game at Everton.

-Thomas Tuchel; source: Football.London

Here we are!

Training session and press conference at Chelsea

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