Thomas Tuchel explains why he canceled the Chelsea players' day off.
Thomas Tuchel explains why he canceled the Chelsea players' day off.

Thomas Tuchel explains why he canceled the Chelsea players’ day off.

Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel has revealed that he canceled the squad day off not because they drew against Wolves or as a punishment.

Thomas Tuchel side was shocked as the Wolves fought back to earn a draw after Lukaku had given the host a two-goal lead at Stamford Bridge.

The results meant Chelsea had won only one game in their last five Premier League outings.

The Blues are now drawn in the top-four battle with Arsenal and Tottenham with three Premier League matches left.

After the 2-2 draw against Wolves, Thomas Tuchel ordered his players in for extra training on Sunday, despite initially giving them the day off

What did Thomas Tuchel say?

Speaking at a press conference ahead of Chelsea’s game on Wednesday with Leeds United Thomas Tuchel explained: We came in. We planned a free day, but after the disappointment, it was not even to punish them. It was normally a free day and maybe some felt it was a punishment. It wasn’t.

“It was not the moment for a free day, it is better to be together and talk about it than to go and everybody has his own opinion, own truth.

“You have more risk to be in fragments than to be here. We did very light training, had a run together, and discussed things, and how to approach the next days.

“We brought everybody together to have the chance to be together. A lot of players supported the Under-23s on the other pitch which was very nice.

“That’s what we are. [A] very supportive, open-minded group of players. That’s what it felt like on Sunday. That’s what Sunday morning was for, not to punish them or do a video session and show the mistakes or behavior we could have done better.

“It was just to be together and not indifferent groups away from each other on a free day. That’s why we put everybody in.”

Thomas Tuchel claims that the situation with Marcos Alonso is over.

The two were seen in a heated exchange during the first half. Thomas Tuchel seemed not impressed with the performance of the Spanish international during Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with wolves.

Macros Alonso was substituted during the break and was replaced by Saul Saul Niguez but Thomas Tuchel insisted the problem was settled immediately.

Speaking on the issue Thomas Tuchel said: It started and ended in the first half. It was not continued at halftime or anything else. It was not continued at halftime and was solved. 

Meanwhile Thomas Tuchel reveals he expect a different Leeds United to the one he faced earlier in the season when they meet on Wednesday at the Elland Road.

Thomas Tuchel says the game against Leeds “looks different” to when Chelsea played them earlier in the season and says they have played with even more intensity under a new manager. Leeds are “very committed” and are a “fast team and talented team” and the atmosphere will reflect the importance of the game

The game has become more difficult as Leeds need the win to move out of the relegation zone.