THOMAS TUCHEL used his show notes to tell Chelsea fans how tired his players were.
But the Blues’ comfortable 2-0 win over bitter rivals Tottenham on Sunday showed that even his weary substitutes are capable of beating most teams in the Premier League.
Chelsea have played 18 GAMES in all competitions since taking a break from international competition in November – the highest of any team in the Premier League.
And as a result, Tuchel explains that he has found it difficult to be tough on his players lately despite the fact that they have not won a Premier League game since Boxing Day before Spurs arrived in the market. town.
The German gave his players two days off after they led 1-0 to draw 1-1 at Brighton last time out.
And it seems to be working as they cast their London rivals aside with his ‘reserve stars’ performing exceptionally well.
Malang Sarr and Callum Hudson-Odoi are unlikely to see themselves as guaranteed starters if Tuchel has full player quotas.
Granted Hudson-Odoi has played the last six Prem games but he might have seen the passing minutes as difficult if not for the injuries of key players.
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But both men are great when The Blues got rid of Antonio Conte’s men with relative ease.
Hudson-Odoi has been toasting Japhet Tanganga all afternoon while tormenting him on Chelsea’s left.
Admittedly his final product was disappointingly lacking in the first half but he looked like a different person after the break as he became a lot more assertive and dangerous.
It was his drive past the previously booked Tanganga that saw him cut inside and bring in Hakim Ziyech, who tackled the Blues fans with a beautiful finish into the corner. on the left.
He received a standing ovation from the Stamford Bridge faithful when he was substituted late and Tuchel shouldn’t worry about bringing him on next time.
And Sarr is equally effective at left-back.
He didn’t let Tottenham sniff and stood up to every challenge Harry Kane and Steven Bergwijn threw at the home team.
The Frenchman even had to survive a seemingly nasty tackle from Matt Doherty in the first half that somehow saved the Irishman a red card.
Kepa and Mateo Kovacic are also not adept at replacing top stars Edouard Mendy and N’Golo Kante.
In fact, every Blues player is better than the whites on the pitch, so perhaps Conte himself should start using the ‘we’re too tired’ phrase.
Tuchel said on the show: “It was tough on Tuesday night [at Brighton].
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“We looked tired and that can happen when you go into such a game right after playing a very intense 90 minutes in Manchester three days earlier.
“It’s difficult to make it difficult for the players at the moment because I can see they are mentally and physically tired.”
Such sentiments could fall on deaf ears after Sunday when his Blues look full of peas.
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https://www.thesun.ie/sport/football/8251724/chelsea-verdict-tuchel-fatigue-spurs-sarr-hudson-odoi/ Tuchel may lament fatigue but Spurs’ win shows subs like Sarr and Hudson-Odoi are up for the fight