According to reports, Thomas Tuchel is “brutal” with his Chelsea squad and could damage the performance of his attackers.
Chelsea recently hit a period of poor form with Kovid and injuries to the squad.
But a source close to the squad identified another problem within the squad – Tuchel’s criticism of his players.
The source told The Athletic about the German’s acrimonious behavior – reprimanding players for making poor decisions and missing opportunities in training.
It is claimed that Chelsea’s attackers are struggling as a result, often second-guessing their decision-making rather than acting on instinct.
Tuchel’s criticism has also reportedly given the impression that his team selection is based on emotion rather than form or fitness.
A club close said: It’s not just because of fatigue.
“Something is not right. This is typical Chelsea. The new managers do well, after 12-18 months, people start getting frustrated with what is happening.
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“Some players are starting to see through certain things. You cannot have one rule for some and different rules for others. Some look at players who are starting out, not playing well and still holding their ground.
“People are going to be more and more angry about it, especially now that the Premier League is not in touching distance.
“There’s still respect for what they’ve done, but the bond isn’t as close as it was.”
Tuchel has cut and replaced his front trio throughout the season and appears to have yet to decide on his preferred line-up.
For example, Hakim Ziyech was moved to wing-back against Tottenham but still proved to be a vital attacking threat, scoring a brilliant goal to give The Blues the lead.
But Mason Mount, Timo Werner, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Christian Pulisic have all been in and out of the team which is probably creating an atmosphere of uncertainty.
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