'We were simply not competitive' - Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel expresses disappointment after 4-0 defeat against Arsenal

Gabriel Jesus, Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka and Albert Sambi Lokonga scored for Arsenal in this match.

Abhishek SandikarAuthor

Updated - 24 July 2022 07:46 PM

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Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has expressed worry and dejection about his team's progress and is concerned with his team's lack of commitment during their preseason tour of the United States. These comments come after the Blues were blown out 4-0 by Arsenal in Florida.

For the Gunners - Gabriel Jesus, Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka and Albert Sambi Lokonga scored as the North London Club breezed past their local rivals at Orlando's Camping World Stadium. Arsenal remains undefeated U.S. tour as they win all three matches against Orlando City and Everton.

"We were simply not competitive," Tuchel told reporters. "The worrying part is that the level of commitment physically and mentally for this match was far higher for Arsenal than for us. It was surely not our strongest lineup. This is a part of an explanation but only a little part... I cannot guarantee we will be ready in two weeks," he added, talking about Chelsea's Premier League opener at Everton on 6 August.

He then talked about how the team hasn’t picked from their struggles of the last season. The German manager also addressed how players are still dealing with the effects of the sanctions and the sudden exit of many players in the window. "Unfortunately, it proved my point and the last week proves my point," Tuchel added. "I feel I was right when I look at the last season and at the parts of the game where we struggled and how we struggled.”

"We got sanctioned and players left us, we know that some players are trying to leave us, and this is where it is. We had an urgent appeal for quality players and a huge amount of quality players. We've got two quality players -- that is no doubt -- but we are not competitive like this and unfortunately, we could see it today."

Whereas Arsenal, despite the positive result, has suffered a setback as their new striker Gabriel Jesus picked up an injury. "He got a knock on his quad in the first half and he wasn't feeling very comfortable," Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said. "We decided not to take any risks today."


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