Thomas Tuchel admits ‘I’m glad nobody got hurt’ after a lively start to pre-season against a ‘physical’ Club America side
- Chelsea beat Club America 2-1 in the opening game of pre-season
- Mason Mount and Timo Werner scored the goals for Thomas Tuchel’s team
- Tuchel felt his team were being tested by Club America’s physical approach
- He was pleased none of his players were injured in the friendly
- MATCH REPORT: Chelsea make a successful start to the pre-season in Las Vegas
Thomas Tuchel was happy to see him Chelsea Team makes successful start to US tour after Blues defeated Club America 2-1.
The England midfielder kept his cool, rolling home from outside the box and securing the win after James hilariously placed a back pass behind third-choice goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli to deny Timo Werner’s opener at the air-conditioned Allegiant Stadium near the famous to nullify strips .
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was pleased that his players were spared injuries
Mason Mount (L) scored the winning goal in Chelsea’s opening game last season
A heated game against Mexico’s Club America exploded after a goalless first half, leaving Tuchel – who changed his entire line-up at the break – grateful for the win and the fact none of his players were injured.
“Usually you start against a lower team where you find your rhythm,” he said. “You could see that they have already started their season. They showed a physical game that we had to get used to, I’m glad nobody got hurt. It was borderline at times for a friendly, especially for us.
‘It was OK. We adjusted, accepted and weren’t frustrated.”
Tuchel resisted the temptation to face newcomer Raheem Sterling in Las Vegas
Chelsea fans will also have to wait a little longer to see Kalidou Koulibaly in action
Neither Raheem Sterling nor Kalidou Koulibaly, £85million signings, have been featured. They are both now in full training after jetting off to the United States to join their new team-mates and could feature in Chelsea’s next game in Charlotte on Wednesday night.
Tuchel spoke for the first time about the impact the Napoli defender can have and raved about his praise.
“He brings experience, quality, top defence, height and everything we’re looking for,” said the German. “It’s a brilliant signing for us, we hope he can show his quality as soon as possible. We are very happy.’