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Thomas Tuchel questions Chelsea players’ “commitment” after worrying 4-0 defeat to Arsenal

Thomas Tuchel questioned his Chelsea side’s commitment “physically and mentally” after they were hammered 4-0 by Arsenal.

First-half goals from Gabriel Jesus and Martin Odegaard put the Gunners in complete control at the Camping World Stadium in Orlando before Bukayo Saka tapped in during the second period and Albert Sambi Lokonga rubbed salt into the wounds with an injury-time header.

Tuchel conceded he was stressed and didn’t keep down in the wake of seeing his group breakdown against one of their Premier League rivals with the new season only fourteen days away.

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“I think we had the right to lose – which is all good – in light of the fact that we were essentially not adequate,” he said.

“We were by no means aggressive. The stressing part is the degree of responsibility, actually and intellectually, for this match was not something similar, it was far higher for Arsenal than us.

“We can contend they played with I think their most grounded line-up; they’ve had now together a little while and for over one year. They’ve fortified their line-up, played a similar design, and this is the line-up they’ll attempt to begin Premier League games.

“It was not our most grounded line-up and this is important for a clarification, yet just a little part. The other part is stressing.”

Kalidou Koulibaly’s 17-minute cameo, his first appearance since signing from Napoli in a £33m deal, was the only positive for Tuchel.

However, his and Chelsea’s performance highlighted the need for the club to make more signings with their pursuit of Jules Kounde still ongoing.

“There is no update, no update,” Tuchel said on Kounde. “The analysis of the season does not change because of this game.

Arsenal's Cedric Soares, right, gets control of the ball in front of Chelsea's Marcos Alonso during the second half of a Florida Cup friendly soccer match Saturday, July 23, 2022, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

“Unfortunately, it proved my point and the last week proves my point. I would prefer to not be right and I did everything to prove myself wrong, but at the moment I feel I was right when I look at the last season and at the parts of the game where we struggled and how we struggled.

“We got sanctioned and players left us, we know that some players are trying to leave us, and this is where it is. We had an urgent appeal for quality players and a huge amount of quality players. We’ve got two quality players – that is no doubt – but we are not competitive like this and unfortunately, we could see it today.”

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Tuchel also conceded that goalscoring is a concern of his with the club needing an out-and-out striker following the departure of Romelu Lukaku on loan to Inter Milan.

The Chelsea boss knows the bigger picture of this defeat means they are already way behind the levels of title rivals Manchester City and Liverpool.

ORLANDO, FL - JULY 23: - Arsenal midfielder Martin Odegaard (8) scores the 2nd goal of the game during the FC Series soccer match between Arsenal FC and Chelsea FC on July 23rd at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, FL. (Photo by Andrew Bershaw/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)

“At the moment, given the last two weeks, given our last week and given the game today we should not mention the two teams in front of us,” he said.

“We got, like, absolutely beaten by a team that does not play Champions League next season, that is behind us. And it seems at the moment far ahead of us.”

Chelsea was beaten on punishments by Charlotte FC in the wake of yielding a late balancer in their past pre-season well disposed having edged past Club America 2-1 in Las Vegas.

Their America visit has not given a simple establishment to Tuchel to work with his crew yet he was not ready to utilize that exclusively as a clarification of their Arsenal battering.

“It was long. It was long, without a doubt,” he said. “Likewise hard. It was long and we could see – we could feel the energy, the energy level dropped after Las Vegas and after the Charlotte game in view of a great deal of voyaging. What’s more, the exceptionally damp and extremely hot temperature made it intense in light of the fact that we are currently fourteen days out and about.

“No doubt that is likewise a point, yet it’s not by any means the only point, it’s a little point in the clarification of why we didn’t look new. I didn’t anticipate it today. Likewise, we brought down a piece of the power and volume in preparing throughout the past days however not such that we could hope to have new legs. So that was not the greatest amazement. Be that as it may, there’s a distinction between being drained and playing like this.”

Tuchel added: “My own inclination, I couldn’t say whether I at any point lost a match in pre-season 4-0. I can’t recall. I can’t recall not winning two matches in that frame of mind in a pre-season

“I love areas of strength for a season for everything – for the environment, for the inclination, for the presentation, for the conviction.

“So I’m in it. Obviously, I’m a piece of it. Need to track down arrangements. We fly home at this point. What’s more, we have one and a half days in particular and Tuesday evening we really want to introduce arrangements. We really want to introduce activities, similar to, we, me, training staff, along with our group to stand up once more and find a way through this since it harms right now.”

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