It’s been an awful time for Blues boss Thomas Tuchel, on multiple levels, lately. The day after his Chelsea side was unexpectedly thrashed at home, at the hands of Premier League newbies Brentford, his impending divorce became public. His wife of 13 years, German newspaper journalist Sisi Tuchel, had filed the papers the previous week.
Then came Wednesday night, where his team was once again dominated, at home, but this time in the Champions League. Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema achieved a hat trick on Chelsea, and in the post-match presser, Tuchel let loose.
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“What do you expect, to stand here and smile?” Tuchel responded to an appropriate probing question about the match result.
“We don’t have to look to Madrid. We have to go to Southampton. This is very, very important to process this first.
“This is crucial that everybody processes this because if we keep playing like this, we will lose in Southampton and we will get hammered at the Bernabeu.”
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Ben Chilwell remains a long-term absentee while Callum Hudson-Odoi faces a race against time to be match fit, due to his Achilles and back problems. However, the team did not report any fresh injury concerns after the first-leg loss to Real Madrid.
Finally, we have an update on the situation regarding the club’s impending sale. The Ricketts family made headlines this week, and we have more on that over at this link.
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