‘You don’t need Cristiano Ronaldo to win games’ Tuchel disclosed why
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel go live on press conference ahead of Champions League match against Juventus.
“They are a big club with huge experience in Champions League, they had a rough start” Tuchel said at his pre-match press conference.
“but they were very convicing in Champions League,”
“You never know, some players are missing, the same for us. It demands respect for the quality and tradition of this club”
“at the same time. It’s a tough challenge, we need positive energy and determination to bounce back”
“Christian, Reece and Mason are out to injuries and N’Golo has tested positive, so it will take time following the Government’s protocol he was not in training today”
“Reece is still very painful, it will come down to game management and how much he can accept.”
The Blues lost their last Premier League meeting against Manchester City last week
Moreover, Tuchel urged his side to bounce back after a disappointing result.
“You always need to adapt to the players you have, the strengths and we were not happy”
“about how we defended against Manchester City, we were too passive,” Tuchel added
“The defensive plan is my responsibility, this passive behaviour was not the plan. When we had the ball we were too deep”
“we defended the box over long periods, we didn’t allow nothing inside the box and around it”
“However, it does not feel good when it becomes so passive and so deep, the choice of the system may have let to this behaviour”
“We showed we can play high pressing and have high ball recoveries with Romelu”
“It’s a very complex game we need to be better in all spaces of the game. The best way to defend is having the ball”
“City had a very strong performance, they made us underperform it’s enough room to bounce back, it’s necessary.”
Juventus sold Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer but Tuchel believes Juventus remain a competitive side.
“He is one of the greatest ever, he improves every time he is on the field. They lost a big reference”
“A big champion, a big personality, but you can win games and build strong teams without Cristiano”
“This is also true. Juventus have experience and personality, they have a deep and big squad”
“A very experienced coach. They have a certain mentality sharped by winning, it’s the first time I meet Juventus in every competition”
“we’ll face a high competitor and this is what we like”
“We want to consistently get better and become a better team, we look forward to it, it’s a tough game.”