Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel issued his verdict on working with players returning from loan ahead of the new campaign.
As several of the first-team stars went on vacation after competing in the European Championship and America’s Cup, the German boss had to work with many of the players who had spent the previous campaign on loan.
Tuchel was recently asked about his experience with returning players, most of whom want to impress the head coach, while others may be queuing up for another loan away from the West London team.
He said: “I’ve never had that (so many players on loan at his disposal). This was new, I was not afraid of it, but I was curious to know how the mentality develops, because don’t forget, some of them leave their families behind, some of them want to stay in their loan clubs, some of them do not have this opportunity “, as quoted Chelsea Official Website…
“Some of them have already spent two or three pre-seasons here. Some of them absolutely want to find a chance to stay, some of them may want to leave. They are people, they are not robots, and therefore we have to admit that this is not the easiest situation for them either.
“But what I experienced every day is the exact opposite – it is a very positive group, hard working, full of desire to learn, hungry at every workout and ready to go.
“It’s such a good alliance with the five or six guys who have been here with us for the past six months. I’m totally happy because it’s so much easier than I thought, it’s so easy and so enjoyable to coach these guys. We all have opportunities and this group deserves our full attention and they get it.
“I am not judging where they (the players) come from, or what their history is, or what they earn, or what their status is. I am in charge of this group, so they get my 100 percent. I give my all. , they give it, they make me smile, I give more, it makes them smile, they give more.
“Every year they try to create a certain atmosphere in which everyone is happy to come, everyone feels valuable, everyone feels confident, but at the same time everyone knows what is expected of them, and then they must match their talent.
“These guys are full of talent and now we have to push them to the highest level possible. Then we’ll decide if it’s enough for us now, if it helps us, if it’s better for the player to leave. leased or sold. This is the final step in this compromise. “