Tuchel on finding the right balance

‘You do not need to be harsh, do not need to be too strict, but need to be clear there are things that we can do much better than we did in Barnsley yesterday,’ explained Tuchel. ‘So we will tell them the truth and we will allow ourselves to be honest if we don’t like the performance. If we can do things better we will show them no matter what the result is. The other way around, if we have a top game and not win we will allow ourselves to show the good picture.

‘There are things to do better. We will focus on the details because in general I don’t want to be too harsh and I still stick to that plan because we had difficult circumstances. So we will focus on details and we will help them to understand what we can do better and then we will prepare for the next match against Newcastle, which will be a hard challenge.’

One thing that is definitely proving beneficial for our head coach during this busy start to his Chelsea tenure is the depth in our squad, as demonstrated again at Barnsley when N’Golo Kante and Billy Gilmour replaced Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic as the midfield pairing.

However, Tuchel insists having such options at his disposal, with three established internationals and one promising young player vying for two spots in the starting line-up, are essential to competing at the highest level in football.