Thomas Tuchel reportedly gave his Chelsea players a major dressing down following their 4-2 slump against Arsenal on Wednesday.
According to the Evening Standard, Tuchel stated to the squad that there cannot be any excuses for performing so poorly recently.
Tuchel has taken the tough approach
The suffering at Stamford Bridge in mid-week means Chelsea have lost three of their past six games across all competitions.
What’s most worrying about that statistic is that all of the defeats occurred on home soil.
Brentford managed to win 4-1 in the first fixture after the international break, before Real Madrid returned to Spain as 3-1 Champions League victors.
Arsenal added extra salt to the wounds by taking advantage of numerous mistakes served up by the Blues.
Tuchel’s men simply looked off the pace the other night, possibly feeling the full force of such a long and arduous season.
However, the German coach felt this was not a good enough justification for gifting so many goals recently.
A Blues botch-job
The Evening Standard claim ‘Tuchel told his stars that they cannot blame their exhausting schedule’ on the alarming number of errors that have popped up over the last month.
Mikel Arteta can owe three of his side’s goals to blunders from the Blues.
Karim Benzema also secured a hattrick in South West London thanks to a mishap between Edouard Mendy and Antonio Rudiger.
An untypical moment of madness from Thiago Silva gifted Brentford their fourth of the afternoon.
Whilst these actions didn’t totally decide each of the respective ties, they certainly compounded Chelsea’s misery.
Not to mention playing a part in their exit from the Champions League and casting doubt over finishing inside the Premier League top four.
With European qualification an absolute must, and an FA Cup final on the horizon, there is still so much to play for and potentially win or lose this year.
This is something Tuchel apparently reminded his players of, whilst also warning them about missing out on silverware if they repeat what happened against Brentford, Madrid and Arsenal.
We hope you’ve been listening carefully, Blues.