Tuchel finally sends response to PSG boss for calling Chelsea a defensive team

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PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino had recently defined Chelsea as a defensive team.

“Chelsea have a defensive team,” said the Argentine coach. “They play in transition and on the counter.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea have proven to be one of the best offensive sides in Europe. Chelsea yet again showed their class with a 4-0 victory over Italian giants Juventus.

Asked if it was frustrating to hear Chelsea described as defensive, and whether that tag has now been disproved after the Juve clash, Tuchel replied: “I don’t listen too much to what people say about us.

“I feel into my team and I feel into our staff with what we feel comfortable [with] and I felt from day one very brave in our approach to defending.

“We had instantly a lot of ball possession always so from there we tried to create chances and to be dangerous.

“Then comes a new season and we try to recreate it. The group is a bit new and things are like this, in some moments things come a bit easier and you catch momentum. This is clearly the case now and full credit to the guys.

“But we are not so worried about what people say about us. We want to be strong in all parts of this game. It is a very complex game: some moments you have to defend strong and some you find the spaces to attack a bit easier than in other moments.

“It is so complex and we do this together. It stays a team effort and this is the outstanding characteristic of this team. It is a strong group, it is a determined group, it is a hungry group, and it’s a pleasure to coach them.

“So full credit to them and from here we go. There is no need to get carried away, but we can enjoy the moment and we want to continue.”

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