Chelsea ‘Has More Unhappy Players Than Just Romelu Lukaku’

Chelsea ‘Has More Unhappy Players Than Just Romelu Lukaku’

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26 Jan 2022
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 Chelsea has a string of attacking players unhappy with their treatment under Thomas Tuchel, with some seriously considering their futures at the club. 

The German technician celebrated a year in charge at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, having picked up the Best FIFA’s Men’s Coach Award for 2021 last week.

However, matters on the pitch this season have not been quite as rosy, with the victory over Spurs on Sunday just their second win in eight in the Premier League.

A public questioning of Tuchel’s tactics by striker Romelu Lukaku during a Sky Italia interview in December brought issues to a head, with the Belgian left out for one game before being brought back in.

But, a report suggests that Lukaku is far from the only forward who is unhappy with life under the current head coach.

It is claimed that Tuchel’s attitude towards his forwards, including constant berating on the touchline and harsh words for mistakes, has made for a low mood.

An inability to hide his frustrations has been picked up on by many of them, and has upset some to the extent that they are considering seeking an exit from Chelsea in the near future.

A source told the publication that it has had a detrimental impact on confidence, with players less likely to take on risky opportunities or use their instincts for fear of Tuchel lashing out at them.

The report also points to the constant chopping and changing in selection up front as a reason for the disillusionment among forwards, with the feeling being that a lack of a consistent frontline is making it difficult for them to build any form of connection and chemistry on the pitch.

Tuchel’s attitude towards certain players in his squad has been notable from his appearances on the touchline this season.

Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi have both been converted to wing backs by the 48-year-old, yet both seem to come in for dressing downs on the touchline from their head coach despite their unfamiliarity with the role.

Hakim Ziyech is one of the players that has struggled for form this season, but it has been difficult for the 28-year-old to find his rhythm having been in and out of the team.

He refused to celebrate his goal against Brighton earlier in the month, although he didn’t repeat his message when scoring against Tottenham on Sunday in what was a stand-out performance from the Morocco international.

Timo Werner’s issues up front for Chelsea have been well documented since making his big money move from RB Leipzig, but he has struggled for regular game time.

He and fellow German Kai Havertz were signed for a combined fee of £124million but have started just once together this campaign, during the 3-2 win over Leeds in December. Both started the Champions League final success against Manchester City last year.


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