‘I don’t like it at all’ — Tuchel blasts ahead of Brentford clash

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has admitted he’s unhappy with the demand of international football on his players this season.

Since the start of the 2021-22 season, there have been international games every month, and Tuchel has said that it takes a toll on the players when they return to play for their clubs.

The Chelsea boss further showed his disapproval as Thiago Silva was involved in three South American games and featured in the early hours of Friday morning, with Chelsea having to play Brentford the following day.

Thiago Silva will be unavailable for the game against Brentford, and Tuchel isn’t happy with the toll it’s taking on the players.

“He will be back in the afternoon, hopefully safe from this match in Brazil,” Tuchel said in his press conference.

“We had our talk today about Brentford, we had our tactical training and he missed all that. He played 90 minutes, he has 12 hours of travelling so that maybe gives the answer about his availability.”

“Of course I’m not happy but I knew it before so there’s nothing new,” continued Tuchel.

“I got used to a lot of stuff in the international breaks and this is how it is nowadays.

“Are we coaches happy about it and the amount of games our players play for their countries? No, we are not. Does anybody ask us? No, also not and does it change anything? Also not so I don’t get down because of this.”

He then added: “I don’t like it. I think it’s too many games and too many competitions for the top players in the clubs. The game is for the players and for the spectators, and the spectators want to have the top players on the pitch. They want them fit, healthy, hungry and you cannot always provide it if you play so many games in so many different competitions.”

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