'A win is a win' - Thomas Tuchel talks on improvements and fitness levels after victory over Everton
Thomas Tuchel claims that his Cheslea side need to improve in several aspects despite the Blues' 1-0 victory over Everton at Goodison Park. After the match, the German manager discussed that he was not pleased with the players' movement on the pitch, and that fitness levels from his defenders need to improve if his team want to compete on all fronts this season.
The game was far from free flowing with several stoppages throughout the match, and both sides still shaking off pre-season rustiness.
“It was maybe not the most exciting Premier League game. Seven minutes of extra time in the first half, ten minutes in the second half tells the story. Lots of interruptions and no team could find the rhythm,” said Tuchel in his post-match press conference.
However, Chelsea will be pleased they managed to pick up the three points, something Tuchel reiterated after the match.
“A win is a win, and this is super important. We played at Everton, and we've struggled over recent years to get points here. We have things to improve, but this isn't a surprise. Most of the time, I'm happy with the first half, the second, we lost too many balls and weren't as dominant. We struggled physically but showed the spirit to get the clean sheet.
“It's important to build confidence, belief, an atmosphere, be open for criticism to improve and be happy with the things we did well.
“We struggled with the moments, to feel the moments, for the change of speed and switch of play. We didn't maybe want to take the risk in the final 25 metres… The ball was stuck between the halves.”
Anthony Gordon (L) of Everton and Thiago Silva challenge for the ball during the Premier League match between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park on August 06, 2022 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)
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Tuchel also spoke on his backline of Cesar Azplicueta, Thiago Silva, and new signing Kalidou Koulibaly and how he plans to manage their minutes this season.
“All three of our players in the back three are in their thirties, and we struggled a bit in general at the end of the game. We need to improve our physical level, and we are on it. Thiago is a key player in the middle of the defence right now, but we need to move more on the ball, to invest more with runs.”
Tuchel briefly spoke on Marcus Alonso as well, who was not a part of the squad this evening. When asked whether the Spanish defender would be joining Barcelona, he simply said: “He tries to leave, and we agreed to this. It would make no sense to put him on the pitch today.”
Chelsea will host Tottenham next week at Stamford Bridge in their second Premier League match of the season.