Thomas Tuchel’s stinging criticism of Chelsea’s England ace – ‘Standards not good enough’

Chelsea v Burnley: Match in Pictures

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Chelsea drew 1-1 against lowly Burnley on Saturday as the Blues dropped two points in the title race against an admittedly strong Clarets side. With injuries in the midfield, Tuchel turned to his back-up option in Ruben Loftus-Cheek late on and the playmaker impressed – although Tuchel has criticised the midfielder for ‘not setting his standards high enough’.

Loftus-Cheek has featured in the last six of Chelsea’s Premier League games, with the Blues picking up five wins from seven under his presence.

He has also played in three of Chelsea’s four Champions League games, already making more appearances in the season so far that he had in the last two seasons combined.

His introduction today came just before Burnley punished Chelsea for their inability to double their lead, with Matej Vydra’s strike earning Sean Dyche’s men a well earned point.

Despite the unfortunate introduction just before the goal, Loftus-Cheek has evidently impressed his manager given the amount of recent appearances he has had.

Yet his manager has brutally challenged him to do better, with Tuchel claiming the midfielder should be setting himself higher standards.

“That’s why he plays for us,” the manager told Chelsea TV.

“Otherwise, there is no chance to play in midfield for us if you’re not in a good place mentally and physically. He’s been very strong, since day one, and he’s absolutely aware of his potential.

“But with him, I think it’s not about potential, it’s about setting the standard every single match and pushing the limits.

“Because I think he still accepts the limits [which are not for him]. We want him to constantly set a new standard.”

Chelsea dropped points for just the third time this season after Kai Havertz’ domineering header was cancelled out by Vydra’s tap-in.

However the result still leaves Chelsea top of the league by three points.

“It was a fantastic 90 minutes when you look at the performance,” the Chelsea boss told BBC Sport.


“It can only happen in football. That’s why everyone loves the game. A team can steal a point if the other team forgets to score the goals they deserve.

“We did a fantastic match. Of course I’m disappointed. If we played this game 100 times, we’d win 99 times.

“You create so many chances. We let them believe it was possible to steal a point by pure luck and that’s what happened.

“This is not the first game like this and won’t be the last.”

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