The manager spoke about how his team talk was made public
Sitting down ahead of Chelsea’s quarter-final against Porto in the Champions League, Thomas Tuchel addressed one of his most testing pressers till date. With this being his first addressing since his side’s 5-2 defeat, scores of questions were going to be sprung up the manager’s way.
Tuchel Distraught With Leaked Information
Adding to Tuchel’s woes was the rift between Antonio Rudiger and Kepa, an incident which caught fire since it became public. Along with the spat, Tuchel’s seething talk to Chelsea’s squad on Sunday had also been leaked, an incident which clearly didn’t go down well with the Chelsea coach.
However, Tuchel was ready to take the lead within his stride. Talking about the information being made public knowledge, Tuchel said he wasn’t interested in identifying the person at Chelsea responsible for leaking his talk to the Chelsea team.
“It was serious. Sometimes you have little situations when you look away and let them sort things out. We needed to interfere in this situation so it was serious. How the guys handled the situation was impressive and showed character. But the situation was serious,” Tuchel said when inquired about the brawl between Rudiger and Kepa.
“That it got out…I get used to it in modern times. There are too many channels and ways that information can get out. I heard even that some of my debrief from the match got out there too. Ok, it’s not nice.
“If we have meetings they have to be confidential and in the meeting. Nowadays, information comes out and that may not be what we want. But I am not going to focus on who is the leak or whatever. I don’t want to lose my trust in the group so I will accept it.
“It’s very natural there is a reaction to a result and game like this. So it is necessary to adapt. It is a strong part of sports at this level that the guys hate to lose. So if we suffer a big loss in a weird game, it’s normal there are reactions.
“Clearly there are lines we don’t want to overstep. This happened one day after the match but now things are sorted out. My talk after the game isn’t to be too harsh or emotional, the risk is you regret what you say.”