With Thomas Tuchel‘s honeymoon period as Chelsea head coach now well and truly over, he appears to have a mounting problem as a growing number of players are unhappy and frustrated with his management.
It was already public knowledge that Romelu Lukaku was unhappy with the German, who collected FIFA’s 2021 Best award for Men’s Coach last week, but reports are emerging that he’s not the only discontented player in the Blues’ dressing room.
According to The Athletic, several of Chelsea’s other forwards are upset with the way Tuchel treats them, including harsh criticism from the touchline, and that this has led them to suffer from a lack of confidence and a fear of taking risks. The rotation of players and positions has also added to low mood amongst attacking players who feel they cannot build any consistency, with some even considering leaving the club.
Many observers have spotted Tuchel’s touchline antics and some players aren’t responding well to the intense and public way of criticising them. Lukaku told Sky Italia of his frustrations in December, while Hakim Ziyech refused to celebrated his recent strike against Brighton and other players are also less than impressed with the boss’ approach.
As a team Chelsea have been going through something of a mild slump of late, winning just three of their last 10 Premier League games. This has caused them to effectively fall out of the title race as they are currently 10 points behind Manchester City in the Premier League table, having played a game more.
Tuchel knows that a solid run of results would go a long way to restoring unity in the squad, but having the backing of the players would go a long way to helping achieve that form, so he may have to consider his man management style and how he delivers feedback. He now has a doubly difficult job on his hands amidst an intense run of fixtures, with the FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Champions League last 16 just around the corner.