What Thomas Tuchel is looking for from his Chelsea players with pre-season set to ramp up – Football.London

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has urged his side to ‘forget’ the Champions League success of last season and ‘restart’ again ahead of the upcoming 2021/22 season.

The German replaced club legend Frank Lampard at the end of January and has since turned around the misfortunes that the Blues were suffering at the start of last season.

Tuchel guided his side to Champions League victory, a top-four spot, and to the FA Cup final.

Three accolades that looked very unlikely when Lampard was sacked.

Top-four status was the minimum required from the Blues board to satisfy their needs, but the ex-PSG manager went beyond what anyone thought was possible and achieved the unthinkable.

The German now has a big job in bringing his players back down to earth ahead of the new season.

Pre-season for his side has started well, with a 6-1 thrashing over newly-promoted Championship side Peterborough United just what was needed to showcase the intent and hunger required going into the new Premier League season.

Despite the great achievements of the last campaign, the Chelsea boss has urged his team to hit a factory reset and at the same time, show the attitude required in training to prepare sufficiently for the next chapter.

“We always look for attitude,” Tuchel revealed to in-house media at their pre-season training camp in Ireland. “They are all full of talent so we look for attitude.

“If we hire, we hire for attitude.”



Thomas Tuchel is aiming to strengthen his Chelsea attack this summer. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
Thomas Tuchel is aiming to strengthen his Chelsea attack this summer. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

The 47-year-old added: “The team set the bar high, it’s what we demand for ourselves.

“The way we approach things, how we are together, when we are together, how do we train, what do we train and if we can live up to it.

“This team did that, from the beginning to the very end and now a big part of our job is to forget the success and restart again.

“I demand it from the players and from myself.”

Tuchel has only been training with a section of his first-team squad, as a large chunk of Chelsea’s senior players have yet to return after representing their countries at the Copa America and European Championship respectively.

Unfortunately for the Stamford Bridge club, their Irish pre-season training camp came to an abrupt end after a player tested positive for Covid-19, meaning preparation has been disrupted ahead of the UEFA Super Cup final on August 11 against Europa League winners Villarreal in Northern Ireland.

Ahead of that curtain-raiser for the new season, the Blues are set to travel to Bournemouth next Tuesday.

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