Chelsea stars called out by axed coach in warning to Thomas Tuchel amid title race

Thomas Tuchel previews Chelsea v Juventus

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Thomas Tuchel has been warned by former Chelsea coach Jody Morris over squad harmony concerns following his sacking from the club earlier this year, telling the German boss that the more experienced Blues players must include the younger players more if the club are to progress further.

Morris was relieved of his duties when Frank Lampard was sacked in January after a spell of poor results at Stamford Bridge.

The former Blues midfielder, 42, spent seven years at the club as a player and the same amount of time in the coaching set-up before his exit.

Having spent a long period in west London, Morris knows the ins and outs of the club, knowing what works and what doesn’t at Stamford Bridge.

And the Hammersmith-born coach has warned Tuchel that his squad must become more inclusive of their incredible academy players in order to bridge a gap from youth team to first-team.

“There’s always going to be older pros that don’t play as much as they want,” Morris said on the Off The Hook podcast.

“In our group, some of the older ones helped the younger ones.

“But there was, like at all clubs, maybe opportunities where they should have helped them more.”

Chelsea stayed top of the Premier League table on Saturday after they beat a usually resilient Leicester side 3-0 at the King Power Stadium.

The result marked Leicester’s heaviest home league defeat since December 2019 when they lost 4-0 to Liverpool.

But Tuchel remained unsatisfied with his team’s performance, claiming that there are still things to improve if they are to win the title.

“There are still things to improve, technical things, decision making and conversion from our chances. But it was a good performance and we needed it, to get a deserved win and a clean sheet and we did deserve it,” Tuchel said after the 3-0 win in the Midlands on Saturday.

“I think we played a good game, a good away game, we have an excellent result so it’s a good mix, we created a lot of chances and half-chances, we were a bit unlucky with the offside decisions, but I’m happy we created and never stopped creating and that was the key.

“You have to decide the game when it’s possible to decide. I thought we could be more precise, we could be more clinical in the last third in the first half because we played with such effort, we had such good ball recoveries high up the pitch, we were good in finding the spaces with the ball.

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“Of course we all know that a third goal would have decided the match pretty sure. With a two-goal lead you are pretty comfortable but you can never be completely comfortable.

“One goal, one set-piece, one deflected shot can change the whole momentum and suddenly you struggle when it’s not necessary.

“I am happy but there’s always room for improvement. The players know very well when they do a good match and they did a good match today. It is a team effort and it was a huge effort that we put into attacking and defending, and I’m happy that the team got the win they deserved.”

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