Tuchel doesn’t agree with Premier League’s decision

Sun 19 December 2021 | 19:17

Chelsea boss has talked about the league’s decision on their clash against Wolves.

Thomas Tuchel

is upset about the Premier League’s refusal of the


request of postponing their Premier League clash against


, insisting that although they respect different opinions, they can’t agree with that decision.

"I gave my opinion, the club gave its opinion, we talk a lot about the safety and protecting the players, I'm not so sure we did this today - on we go,"

Tuchel told Sky Sports.

"If we have tomorrow and the next test and the next positive, I would like to speak to the Premier League about what they expect.

"If they make us play against Brentford shall we not arrive or not train? What should we do?

"Everyone is allowed to have an opinion. We had an opinion and the Premier League had an opinion. We agree to disagree."

There were ten Premier League games on the weekend, and six of them were postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak and Tuchel thinks that they are in a bad situation too, and they are worried.

"I don't know if it was close to not happening,"

Tuchel told BBC Sport.

"We were struggling with the preparation because we had several consecutive days with positive COVID tests and then we travelled together for three hours with the team, we had dinner together we had another positive test with Jorginho.

"People are worried because they were on the same bus and had the same dinner. Obviously, it was not enough to postpone the match and we had to play, but you cannot demand 100 per cent focus otherwise it would be stupid to normally focus if you can do this without being calm. It was everything else but calm.

"Today in the morning at 08:30 they knock on the door and have another test nobody knew about, so do we wake players up who want to sleep a bit longer? Okay.

"I gave my opinion and you can do with it what you want. I can't compare to other games, it is just our situation. It is not safe.

"We talk about protecting players and a safe environment, but it is not safe. I would be not surprised if the next test shows up and we have more positives. How should it stop if we sit in the bus and have dinners and just stay together like nothing happened?

"I don't care so much about the next games, I just care about the next tests and the health of the players.

"Today we let [Mateo] Kovacic play 30 minutes one day after 10 days of COVID. We make him play, who takes responsibility for that? We have [N'Golo] Kante one training session, [Trevoh] Chalobah with two

training sessions and maybe another injury. It is like this. We need to keep on going if they say we need to keep going."

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