Thomas Tuchel’s says Kante and Pulisic are both fit enough: “They are fit enough to be in the squad. Tammy is in the squad, N’Golo will be on the bench.
🔹Tuchel on Kepa vs Rudiger: “I would tell you if it was serious but it was not. It was nothing to do with the defeat, it was an incident in training that got heated between Toni and Kepa. I don’t want to play it down, we don’t want to accept these things, but they can happen
🔹Tuchel says both Rudiger and Kepa were ‘amazing’ at sorting the situation between them the next day: “It was not awkward, they sorted it out straight after training in an honest and humble way. It showed me that they have a good character.”
🔹Thomas Tuchel says West Brom defeat was a ‘big slap in the face’ adds Chelsea need to win games all the time, and will not accept conceding 5 goals in a game.
🔹Tuchel on the post-WBA 5-2 defeat meeting. He said it wasn’t all bad: “We won in all statistics, expected goals, take-ons, if we played this game 99 times again. We would win. I would bet on it. We neglected some details in defending and we got punished hard.
🔹Thomas Tuchel knows Porto are missing two key players, but can’t be drawn too much on the situation ahead of the ‘high level’ quarter-final tie.
🔹Tuchel denies Chelsea celebrated drawing Porto: “We were able to lose to 19th place 5-2. We are strong enough to overcome Porto but it will be a tough match.
🔹Tuchel on Olivier Giroud: “He is in the running and in the squad. He is exited to return to Sevilla, he has history there, scoring many goals in this campaign. So he is in the running.
🔹Tuchel: “I’m super happy today because everybody was back in training. So we will have some major decisions to make and I am sure everybody will be ready for the game.
🔹Tuchel:” There are too many channels and ways that information can get out. I heard even that some of my debrief from the match got out there too. Ok, it’s not nice. If we have meetings they have to be confidiential.😬
🔹Thomas Tuchel: “Even if we hate to lose, and at Chelsea we hate to lose, it’s about the reaction. When you go 14 games without a loss, everyone feels good. But now is the next step in our development.
🔹Tuchel says Antonio Rudiger is expected to start against FC Porto – incident doesn’t affect selection.
🔹Thomas Tuchel says the defeat was hard to accept but it’s his job not to get lost in his emotions, anger and disappointment.
🔹Thomas Tuchel says Chelsea had a setback, reminds them that race for top four is still on, but it is down to them now to deal with the consequences.
🔹Thomas Tuchel says Chelsea won together, and now they have to bounce back together.