Thomas Tuchel left disappointed during Chelsea’s United States pre-season tour
Thomas Tuchel, the Chelsea manager, is reported to have been dissatisfied with the training ground his team used while on their preseason tour of the United States.
At least on the field, the Blues’ preseason in America was not very successful as Tuchel’s team suffered a humiliating 4-0 loss to Premier League rivals Arsenal in their final game.
Chelsea started the tour in Los Angeles, then went to Las Vegas to defeat Club America 2-1 before traveling to an Orlando training camp.
The details within the camp have now been revealed, with head coach Tuchel said to be unhappy about certain aspects of the Blues’ training regime.
As reported by Adam Newson, Tuchel was unhappy with the quality of the playing surface during their time on the east coast.
Tuchel did not consider the Drake Stadium pitch at UCLA, which had previously been utilized by several organizations, to be of the caliber necessary for his team’s needs.
The Blues spent half of their tour training here before moving to Orlando to conclude the camp.
Tuchel expressed uncertainty about his team’s readiness for the opening Premier League game indicating that he was not impressed with the Chelsea pre-season tour of the United States.
Speaking after the match against Arsenal, he said: “We were absolutely not competitive. The worrying part is the level of commitment, physically and mentally, for this match was not the same, it was far higher for Arsenal than us.
“We can argue they played with I think their strongest line-up; they’ve had now together several weeks and for more than one year. They’ve strengthened their line-up, played the same structure, and this is the line-up they’ll try to start Premier League games.
“It was not our strongest lineup and this is part of an explanation but only a little part. The other part is worrying.”
He then continued to discuss the Premier League opener at Goodison Park, stating: “I can not guarantee,” when asked if they will be ready for the first match of the season.