Thomas Tuchel’s Full Pre-Leeds United Press Conference
🔹Thomas Tuchel on injury news: “Trevoh Chalobah is still out, Kovacic is obviously out, N’Golo Kante out for tomorrow and Ben Chilwell too. Jorginho did the last two training sessions and wil do what he did the last game, play through pain.
🔹Thomas Tuchel on Covid-19 situation: “Everyone is healthy other than Mateo. Everybody is aware that it’s not a joke, it’s real. We have to protect us and others. I’m not a person who worries too much. I believe in luck, the good side of life. I’m happy not to have it, I’m happy to be protected. I take care, but it’s worrying for everybody if you have kids, situations change.
🔹Thomas Tuchel on recent form (1/2): “For me, it’s more about the last three games. The way we played was the first time we had the feeling we were not ready vs Watford. We escaped, managed to win. West Ham was a very good game first half, terrible result and a lot of changes. If you have the lead four times in two matches and you escape with one point and six conceded, it’s not the moment to pretend nothing is happening. It’s a matter of small details, there are reasons for it. We played Zenit without a CM.
🔹Thomas Tuchel on recent form (2/2): “You find a lot of arguments. We are not happy, performances are not bad. Some moments they are average. Average looks horrible when you play for Chelsea. It’s good it feels like this because we try to compete on the highest level.
🔹Thomas Tuchel: “Focus always helps. Bad experience is sometimes necessary to really believe that we need to step up 5 per cent in level of concentration, support, physical input, that we can’t drop.
🔹Thomas Tuchel: “It’s back to basics, basics on the highest level. We are in this together. It’s not the moment to worry too much, it’s not the moment to look away.
🔹Thomas Tuchel: “It helped us we had a day off before Zenit. We were physically ready. We knew the game on Saturday was coming, it will be high intensity. Leeds are well-known for that. We need to be ready, that’s why changes happened.
🔹Thomas Tuchel on Kepa Arrizabalaga: “He’s always pushing. He is really an example of sportsmanship. I have nothing but praise for him. He did everything he is able to produce. Everyday, he is unbelievable spirit. He does what it takes to be ready. I am very sure he will do well [at Chelsea] because of the way he is, behaves and trains..