Thomas Tuchel Live Press Conference: Chelsea v LOSC Lille | Champions LeagueFeb 23, 2022
excellent, it's been done well after the fact that roman lukaku only touched the ball seven times on saturday at stellhurst park, once, he got upset and secondly, how can you get him to touch the backboard more often? maybe what could he do? I do not know. well now we have to deal with it I mean there is data out there and the data speaks a certain language so he was not involved in our game sometimes it is like that with forwards if they have a bit of confidence in themselves if struggling a bit to find the space and to get involved against the good defensive end can be like that and this of course is not what we want and of course it is not what Romelu wants but it is also not like it is not the time to laugh at him and make jokes about him, he is in the spotlight, of course, and we will protect him because it is our game. who you know you have doubts is someone available obviously not like callum and uh and cesar and like mason and rhys james getting an honest usb looks so much better than callum um to start with these two callum didn't train yesterday he trained us and he has no reaction like that what if he stays like this which seems to be when he stays like this he's available for tomorrow huh Mason did a very good individual session I think he'll try to get back into team training today but he was out a bit maybe too long to two stars but maybe he's involved in him in the squad but we got he hadn't trained with the team yet and uh yeah rhys is still in chili out christopher um m foreigner
thomasthe big games keep coming for you right now what a shock they will have the fact that you have a cup final and another big
leaguehere next week keep in mind the selection this week and how you prioritize and manage that yes not so much at the time we don't drive as much it's about like for us at the moment to keep on going and find our rhythm where we struggle a little bit like just no no no secret it's a little weird to be very honest having like two matches of
leaguein the main league in six weeks it's really strange because it's always better and more more familiar to sink into a competition and you know there are so many different levels of games now and we play one game and if you look at the table some teams have three games more than others as it is is it's a bit strange to understand the situation we're in in the main league and if so I mean on the other hand it's nice because it tells us that we're still in a lot of competitions what is our goal and it shows us that we are competitive and we take it match by match more than ever before we always try like this but now is the time to really like really like to be super focused on every little step rtido and don't worry so much about the big picture Sure, because he'll make us look at a lot of different images and a lot of different environments.
It's a big difference between all these knockout matches. All of these as a semi-final in Abu Dhabi. the FA cup match to come is a big difference because of course premier league is a marathon and premier league is not about knockout games it's about consistency so the environment changes a lot and we have to adapt because it's our program but in terms of team management we don't think about the future at the moment we try to bring the best group tomorrow that best suits what we want to implement on the pitch and then we will deal with the game on Sunday that has played three games all season with three jones um and four or three with ben george sorry with rick james and never with both of you are you playing a different style than you imagined this season because of those injuries or not we have to figure out how to play
chelseamaybe , maybe, both, I mean, yeah, of course, every, every, every style changes with long-term injuries to key players, we play a lot of games in most games in in.
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The three backs with wingers and two of the key wingers are Reese and Chili who got injured at the highest level and had a huge impact on our game offensively and defensively relative to Romelu of course also offensively with their runs . with their speed with penetration and their de
liveries so of course this changes and we are not the only team where players have this big impact and in a formation we play in the full backs are crucial and they are like a crucial position. to influence the game um yeah but still, we can also play and win games without any players this is our job and this is what we want to do so we have to this is what we honestly try when we have injuries. and when there are like corona cases so it's up to us to adapt to find solutions and romelu will always be part of the standard goal solution
thomasum i wonder what you did last week with the away goals rule change do you think it changed the way that, um, games were played in the
championsleague and you think it made it a little more defensive and it might be right for you given that last year you won the champions league by only conceding two goals in the knockout stages why do you think that is so? it will be more defensive well brown madrid was quite defensive away from home and against psg and it seemed that they would not go well because the goal away from home did not mean that much ah yes, but I think that in the game I had the im
pression until now that maybe it will give you the opportunity to be a bit more attacking because you can think about scoring and not be so afraid to concede so let's see um when we were asked at the uefa coaches meeting i was like most and i think before tty a lot all the trainers voted and um for this rule change to make it clearer to make it more understandable and i never was i mean i liked it because i liked it gave it kind of an added advantage doing math throughout the game uh , i get it and it was exciting too but at the same time i never fully understood why a 3-1 should be a better result than a 2-0 so i like or i like the verse for a team this is uh you can see it from both sides, as Maybe it was harder to score three o's and this is maybe a better result than going 2-0 and having a clean sheet going into the second game so I like it because it's is now it's clear um I think maybe we'll end up with more extra time and more penalties because uh if you're now even on goals it's going to go to extra time and you won't win on away goals so let's see if we're on top of but it actually does for us I can just tell you quick that does not change anything in the approach of the game tomorrow w We will try to keep a clean sheet.
We will try to defend well and try to attack as best as possible if the focus of the second leg changes a bit which is not necessary. Think a lot about what happens if we score a goal, how much do they need? I think it's easier to adapt let's do both games get them get them play do the math at the end count the goals together and if it's not decided go to overtime it's ok for thomas johnson thomas how do you see this challenge in leo because I mean surprisingly they are fighting or seem to be fighting, aren't they the French leaders? there are reasons why they did they had a fantastic manager and a fantastic group of players they were very, very competitive when i was in paris you could feel this is a strong group a strong team a very emotional club very difficult to play in in the stadium but the link the quality of the pl yesterday the quality of the coach was exceptional and you could feel that they have uh have uh have the opportunity to constantly fight for a place in the champions league so last season they became champions what which is huge in France of course and from there they lost players and they lost the manager so there's a big change uh what do you call it like YouTube? things settle now they lost another key player in winter we see rabbit in their attacking formation but still you know we all know how physical french are french football we know how physical attacking players are in french football very fast very very brave one on one um always a threat on fast breaks very disciplined against the ball and they have the chance they have the chance to play this game as losers and and in a mentality where they have nothing to lose and they will From there, so we always respect the game, we respect this opponent, we'll prepare our team, um, the way we like it, we always do, and then hopefully find the best um. the best performance we usually do and we usually do in knockout matches and cup matches and and play a full competitive match tomorrow last question for thomas hi thomas if i could ask you about my little cabin game when you replaced yourself you said you are going to prepare the people so that people would not like to play again, so it is clear that most of the time your defenders play very well.
Christopher Rooney is having some really special seasons under you, yes, but this track has struggled as Fern is struggling to. scoring goals so yeah maybe, there's even a history of forwards struggling a bit at
chelseaso it's not the easiest place in the world for forwards obviously I don't know exactly why that is, but it's obviously like that, in my opinion, Chelsea is a team that is also considered a strong defensive team, they are a physical team and they have a certain attitude and, uh, and grip in the game. competitive football we demand a lot from our forwards in terms of defense uh we want to be a hard working physical group um who are not shy about making it a physical game and not just a skillful game and that maybe plays a part, yeah that maybe plays a role, uh, we have a lot of games where uh, throughout the year together, we create a lot of opportunities, uh, a lot of de
liveries and we struggle a little bit like, uh, in the conversion now, at the moment, there's a little bit of time that we struggle to create too many chances for our strikers, I think this is perhaps also a normal period in a long season, so we are on the subject and very aware and as always in football it is most of the time not one one reason one reason to solve a problem is a very complex sport and we try to keep playing with faith and what we do and with faith in the team effort and from there we go um you've had the most amazing year um so much with him chelsea as with her international teams for michael i mean can they just?
It will be difficult to do in a short time, but can you try to summarize it? Is everything like a dream to you? Can you believe what has happened to you? a lot of good things happened on the last day and the last few weeks and yes obviously I am very happy and proud for my success in the national team and also at chelsea but I don't have time to celebrate because we have a lot of important games this week and the so i'll just focus on the next game and have time to celebrate at the end of the season ok we'll go john frost uh hi hi everyone i just wonder if i could ask you about next week really fe It's also like a season-defining week, you've got this big game tomorrow, the cup final coming up, you know you have big competitions, how can you feel the difference in players' focus? the season where you can win trophies can you repeat the question please it sure feels like a big week for the team so you have the game tomorrow night in the champions league the cup final on sunday you know the fa cup to come feels like a really defining week for this team and the players may notice the shift in focus because it's such a big week yes of course it's a big week but like i said when you play for chelsea you play for this kind of the week with the finals or the big games so we just focus on ourselves what we do well for this season so we just focus we don't need to do something new we just stay and trust our work and our game soccer um the coach in the last few weeks has spo i know about player fatigue and team burnout due to the amount of soccer you all have had to play can i pr ask him personally how he feels, how much he feels he is a factor or has been a factor in in recent weeks, obviously, as a player and going forward, what is the coach doing and what is the team doing to lessen the impact of the amount of games you have to play, yes, I think the manager is right because yes, we had a lot of games in the last few weeks and I see he wasn't here, but the manager gave the players some days off to try to escape the
pressure and being a little fresh mentally and I think he did well and the player did well because if you look at the result, of course we have a lot of injuries, we have covid cases like the other team but we are still winning, we are still acting and of course it is difficult but It is a difficult period for the team that played in several competitions so we show that we are together we stick together even if things get difficult but as I said , we're still winning and we're still in a lot of competitions so right now, they think okay okay go adam newton hi i want to ask youabout your relationship with kepper because while you're away winning africa, a couple of nations, he came into the team and he did very well.
Now there is a feeling that he is genuine competition for that number one jersey so I just wanted to know how it works between the two of you and when you are in contact with him while you are in Africa because of his performances my relationship with Kepa is good ever since I came here we have a good relationship on and off the pitch and yes he did very well when I was in the Afghan but I wasn't surprised because I saw him every day in the training ground so I was very happy for him because he deserves it and yes, like when you play for chelsea. competition at every position so you have to give yourself your b est and play at your level to be in the team for the weekend hello education hello um there has been a lot of talk about whether chelsea are better suited to cutting competitions at the moment rather than the league um is something you would agree with and can you explain why that might be no I'm not I don't agree with that I think so like I said we had a lot of injuries we covet cases and sometimes like you know uh we've played a few games and maybe seven or eight cases of greed and the other teams didn't play with uh just two or three cases of greed so it affects our teams it affects our results so it's not an excuse , he's just fat and yes we also had a lot of injuries so we were very good in the league and borderline but yes that's true in December our main league result we are not good enough but we still playing well , but he didn't win many games, but I think that after the club world cup, the club world cup and and the major league game this uh this week uh things uh will go uh better and better ok we have time for two more questions go to rahman osman and then finish with nazar kinsella hi edu um just wanted to ask your story it's such a special story since you almost gave up keeping football and in a short time you've used it all what message can you say to other young goalies who are struggling to get to this point? hello so i can only say yes to to keep working to have faith in your work in it is to believe in yourself and yes when you get a chance to show what you can do to take it and keep it and yes to be better every day because yes, finding a club is a good start but getting better and better I think things are the most difficult is the competition the first competition is against yourself so you have to be better than yesterday and I always want to improve well and then the question end is arkansas hello everyone um nine years ago you were playing safe book in front of 800 fans um i was wondering if you remember playing for sherborg and uh against n'golo kante also he was in next i was wondering if you talked to him about your memories and the journey of coming from the lower levels of French football, it just started, yes of course we talked about it many times and yes that's good and honestly it's like a dream of finding another player in the same club with the one who played in the same division as you so yeah we talked about that and it's yeah it's a beautiful thing to meet him here and get into entropy with him.
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