Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has admitted that it was harder to train PSG’s players compared to his current Blues squad.
Tuchel is having some reflection time as the large majority of his players are off currently playing in various fixtures on the international landscape.
So far, the German’s Chelsea tenure has been nothing short of immaculate – winning the club’s second Champions League title at the end of last season, coupled with finishing in the top four of the Premier League at the same time.
Additionally, his coaching ideas and philosophy that have been instilled into this current crop of Chelsea players have them top of the pile in the league ahead of the next set of fixtures, with high-flying Brentford up next for the west Londoners.
A total of 16 points from a possible 21 is a good start for the west London club as they aim to win their first Premier League title since Antonio Conte’s success in the 2016/17 campaign.
But a big question that had many supporters doubting the German tactician when he first arrived in SW6 was why he couldn’t win the big European title with the wealth supplied to him during his time in Paris.
And the reason for this, as Tuchel alluded to in a recent interview with the Sports Festival via CalcioNews24, is that certain players in France were more difficult to manage, coupled with both sets of players from Chelsea and PSG being vastly different in comparison to each other.
“They are all different,” the 48-year revealed. “So changing coaches is crucial. Our approach is different, the exercise is different. There is a need for different things at a certain moment, perhaps more rigid and more distant, at times, or to let him loose.
“It varies from player to player and from group to group. We always reflect on it. Then there is an individual approach, there is less talk than you think. Words are not enough for these big names.
“Either they feel a connection or not, perhaps the quality of the instructions.
“If it makes sense, if what the coach expects makes sense. What he asks for Neymar, for example, is better on the left side. Why should I start and start this discussion? I should find the best solution on the left side of the field, creating a situation to find it and give it options.
“Neymar is the artist, he will choose. Once this player feels that he is something in his service, then the role becomes more specific. Then you can also criticise the champions, the stars, because the players know they are taking on their responsibilities. It is a pleasure to play with these stars, it becomes easy to be Lukaku’s coach.”
He then went on to further explain his point: “It is not easy to train Neymar and Mbappè. I had difficult moments at PSG, I had to leave players who had played with the team.
“It happened with Mainz, in winter we had just started working there. In the evening I found it hard to fall asleep because I had to send away some players. It was the first time football didn’t let me sleep, I felt bad.
“It was not a joy to coach at the time, this happened in Mainz but also when you study as a coach. It is not fair to say that the fault lies with the players, because they are stars. You have to feel strong, but also trust around you.
“There are many facets, you can also be with the youth teams, if you don’t feel good enough, even if only for parents who protest and would like to talk to them, the team notices it, the spiral is downwards.
“It’s something that can get heavy. I am happy and grateful to have arrived here. Everyone thinks now of Chelsea, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Everything is at the service of the game, I’ve never had before.”
This isn’t the first time that the topic of differences between the two sets of players has been spoken about, which could hint at deep-rooted ego problems at PSG.
Next on the agenda, the Chelsea boss was asked about the Ballon d’Or nomination list with five of his Blues players making the cut.
In his opinion, Jorginho deserves this year’s award due to his importance on the club and international stage during the whole of the 2020/21 campaign.
“He deserves, he is one of those who deserves to win the Ballon d’Or,” the former Borussia Dortmund manager said on Jorginho.
“He is a very intelligent player, it is a pleasure to be his coach.
“The list of 30 candidates came out but for me this list is not important, I do not judge them in that sense.
“These awards do not make much sense to me, obviously the players crave these awards but it is impossible to make a real comparison between all these players. Who should say is the best? Everyone deserves to win it from a certain point of view.
“Obviously I would like someone from Chelsea to win it as it would increase confidence, but it’s not the most important thing in the world of football.”
Source by Football London