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‘I’m always a little scared’: Thomas Tuchel admits thoughts of injury to key players scare him

‘I’m always a little scared’ – Thomas Tuchel admits injury scares him and can’t hide his frustration over family failures as Chelsea squander opportunities to stretch Premier League lead with a draw against him Burnley


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At the end of this last segment of the season, Thomas Tuchel has earned a bit of a break and intends to take one.

He has the school run, walks in the woods with his dog, some reading and television in line for international recess.

Trying to get away from soccer is also on the agenda, although Tuchel admits that the fitness of his players will be at the back of his mind.

Thomas Tuchel watched as Chelsea blew a three-point opportunity against Burnley

Thomas Tuchel watched as Chelsea blew a three-point opportunity against Burnley

“I’m always a little scared,” admitted the Chelsea head coach of the possibility of his stars getting injured while they are away. What you won’t do is worry about its completion.

Tuchel went through a wide range of emotions against Burnley. There was fury with the referees, a dispute with Burnley’s bench, followed by an exuberant, possibly deliberate, celebration of Kai Havertz’s goal right in front of them, a proud hug with Ross Barkley after an impressive display after his surprise start. and frustration when Burnley called.

And Tuchel’s eventful day ended with a laugh at the thought that something is not quite right and Chelsea’s shooting practice might need a rethink.

It wasn’t a totally unreasonable suggestion, as this was a running theme last season: Chelsea created but lost opportunity packages.

Havertz led Chelsea to a well-deserved lead in the first half, but the Blues couldn't hold out

Havertz led Chelsea to a well-deserved lead in the first half, but the Blues couldn't hold out

Havertz led Chelsea to a well-deserved lead in the first half, but the Blues couldn’t hold out

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel lamented his team's missed opportunities when Burnley pulled off a draw

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel lamented his team's missed opportunities when Burnley pulled off a draw

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel lamented his team’s missed opportunities when Burnley pulled off a draw

But Tuchel laughed sarcastically and said: ‘Sure, something is wrong in training. Now we will change everything. It is unacceptable the points we have, the way we play, it cannot stay that way.

‘We have to change things and question everything. This is what we will do for the next two weeks. We will take your advice seriously and see if we can change something in training to improve it!

‘No seriously, it’s the same squad that scored seven (against Norwich) and four (against Malmo). We had so many opportunities and touches in the area that we could have easily won. ”

Tuchel remained confident that his team will start to seize their opportunities soon.

Tuchel remained confident that his team will start to seize their opportunities soon.

Tuchel remained confident that his team will start to seize their opportunities soon.

As annoying as it must have been to lose two points at home, Tuchel’s sense of perspective was understandable.

Romelu Lukaku was absent once more. He may have been in a goal drought before the ankle injury that ruled him out, but these were precisely the kind of assignments where he was expected to make a difference.

In their unbeaten streak since the last two-week hiatus in which Chelsea have stayed the course in the League, the Champions League and the Carabao Cup, they have enjoyed a bit of luck along the way.

Not least in Brentford, where they survived a late beating. Against Burnley, however, luck eluded them at both ends.

One point was Burnley’s reward for staying in the game and Sean Dyche’s attacking substitutes paid off, Jay Rodriguez set up Matej Vydra’s tie.

Goalkeeper Nick Pope was key to frustrating Chelsea with a series of saves and his management of the game.

Matej Vydra scored a late draw as Burnley salvaged a point at Stamford Bridge

Matej Vydra scored a late draw as Burnley salvaged a point at Stamford Bridge

Matej Vydra scored a late draw as Burnley salvaged a point at Stamford Bridge

The tie saw the Clarets close the gap to safety to two points when Watford lost to Arsenal.

The tie saw the Clarets close the gap to safety to two points when Watford lost to Arsenal.

The tie saw the Clarets close the gap to safety to two points when Watford lost to Arsenal.

At one point when Burnley lost, he let the ball roll slowly for a goal kick when the situation apparently dictated that he had to resume play as soon as possible.

It was as if he knew that an opportunity would eventually come.

Like Tuchel, Pope will also have a breather for the next fortnight, having been left out of England’s last team, but with this evidence he can be considered unfortunate.

“Those other goalkeepers (on the England team) must be decent,” Dyche said.

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