Tuchel explains Ziyech’s lack of minutes and reveals what he’s learned about his squad

It is approaching a month since Tuchel took the reins at Chelsea. Detailed training time has been in short supply because of the number of games we are playing right now, but that has not stopped the boss from implementing his football philosophy.

It has been a near flawless start, with five wins and a draw from his first six games, and as bigger tests lurk on the horizon, the boss has explained what he has learned about his players in these opening weeks.

‘I have experienced incredible work ethic from them. They are hungry, they are eager to improve, eager to compete as a team. I feel them all together as a group. We can totally rely on them, that we play our principles in the game and how we approach games. This is the most important.

‘If we have less time on the training pitch, we work on video sessions in the media room. We prepare the games and we use the games to improve and get used to each other. There are so many good behaviours in our games it is a pleasure to work with. It is a very good level from where we want to improve. That is the challenge in sports.

‘I trust them for sure,’ added Tuchel.

‘It’s not only trust because of results, it’s trust because of how we interact, how we behave every day, here in Cobham and out on the training pitch, and situations in games.

‘There is no reason to doubt them. We try to guide them, and I feel totally included in that process, and I feel a very strong bond with the players. I can only repeat it’s a pleasure to be here.’


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