"I Hated Every Minute Of It" Former Chelsea Player Complains About Thomas Tuchel's Debut
Former Chelsea player Tony Cascarino has criticised Thomas Tuchel's start to life as Chelsea manager, after just one game, claiming he 'hated every minute' of their performance.
It's been a whirlwind week for Chelsea, the Blues sacked Frank Lampard on Monday, just 24 hours after winning in the FA Cup fourth round, before appointing Tuchel on Tuesday.
The German had barely been in charge 24 hours when he took control of the team for the first time during the 0-0 draw with Wolves.
Tuchel's side dominated the game but they couldn't find a way through, despite having 14 shots to the oppositions four. It's no surprising the new boss didn't get things right, but one former Blues player wasn't impressed at all.
Tony Cascarino wasn't happy with what the new manager said about his team selection or how the side played in the game.
"I was surprised by his comments even before the game started," he told talkSPORT.
"He said it was probably one of the most difficult selections I've ever had to make. I was thinking, 'have you not watched a certain amount of videos before you coach your first game?'
"Watch their last ten games and you might have got a good idea what their best team is! I found it a very strange comment.
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"And the performance? I hated every minute of it! Especially the first-half. I could have gone and put the kettle on and made a cup of tea when Chelsea started to move.
"I probably could have got to my tea and started drinking it by the time they got to the 18-yard box."
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Just 16 of our :eight::two::zero: completed passes last night! :clap: pic.twitter.com/U8a4GGELz4
Cascarino, who played at Stamford Bridge from 1992-1994, revealed his dislike of possession based football, adding, "I've watched a lot of Dutch football and one of my biggest criticisms of it is that everybody plays the same way - possession-based with no purpose.
"You've got a similar scenario with France in the past ten years where teams will play this way; dominating the ball, never want to lose possession, but never really scared you.
"I hated what I saw in the first-half because, to me, possession-based football in the Premier League does pose different problems for you when you adopt that style.
"Wolves offered nothing' they had two glorious chances but they offered nothing in the game. I didn't like it.
"I could be totally wrong here, but if that's the way Chelsea can play then Stamford Bridge... if there were any fans in there they'd be booing!"
Chelsea's social media team were mocked for celebrating their 820 passes, that ultimately led to nothing, after the match but criticism after one match seems a bit harsh.
The former PSG boss had one full training session to get to know his players and implement his plans, fans call for managers to be given more time, so maybe that's what should be done...
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