"I can not guarantee" - Thomas Tuchel warns Chelsea players they are not ready for Premier League action


Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has cast doubt on his side's preparations for the new season of the Premier League after a loss to Arsenal on Saturday, July 23.

The Blues lost 4-0 to the Gunners in the Florida Cup final, prompting a frustrated Tuchel to draw comparisons between his Chelsea side and their London rivals.

In a press conference after the game (h/t Football.London ), the German manager was asked if his team would be ready for the start of the Premier League season. He replied by saying:

"I can not guarantee. I saw today a team in Arsenal who are mentally committed to an idea of playing, a level of exhaustion, a level of physical commitment that we could not match."

Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen have left the club this summer as free agents, while Romelu Lukaku is back at Inter Milan on a season-long loan. Apart from the trio, there could still be more departures at Stamford Bridge.

Both Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta have been linked with a move to Barcelona, while Timo Werner is seeking an exit in search of more playing time.

Tuchel went on to question the mental commitment of his team following the game, especially of those players who could leave the club this summer. He added:

"Also, a level of mental commitment that we lacked because we have a lot of players who are thinking about leaving and looking at their options. We have players that have left and I think at the moment that's obvious."

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