Thomas Tuchel raps ‘not tough enough’ Chelsea
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel pulled no punches after his side’s 2-1 defeat at Southampton in the Premier League on Tuesday, accusing his side of not being tough enough. Raheem sterling gave Chelsea an early lead at St Mary’s but strikes by Romeo Lavia and Adam Armstrong turned it around before half-time.
The visitors made little impression after the break as they slipped to their second successive away defeat. What will have worried Tuchel was the way his side lost control of the game despite taking the lead. “Obviously we’re not tough enough at the moment to win these matches away,” Tuchel told reporters.
“One set-piece again. One sloppy defending again. We were not tough enough as a team to react or push it over the line.” With seven points from their opening five games, Chelsea are already off the pace. “It is not enough to win away matches,” he said.
On Wednesday, the west London club completed the transfer of defender Wesley Fofana from Leicester City, with the Frenchman signing a seven-year contract. Financial details were not disclosed but British media reports said the deal was worth $81.33 million. “The two last days have been really big days for me and I’m very happy,” Fofana told the club’s website. “I trained this morning (Wednesday) with the team and it’s a dream for me.”
Stalemate in Leeds
Leeds United’s Luis Sinisterra cancelled out Anthony Gordon’s first-half opener for Everton as the two sides drew1-1 at Elland Road. Gordon started and finished the move that led to the opening goal in the 17th minute, cutting in from the left before collecting Alex Iwobi’s pass and slotting the ball in.