Chelsea’s shocking home defeat to West Brom serves as a ‘lesson’ for Thomas Tuchel, according to Joe Cole – with an expert insisting ‘this is not the Bundesliga’ and praising the ‘relentless’ quality in the Premier League.
Chelsea’s devastating home defeat to West Brom is a hard ‘lesson’ for Thomas Tuchel, according to Joe Cole.
Tuchel suffered his first defeat at the helm since replacing Frank Lampard – and the result came in humiliating fashion with five goals from the visitors.
Cole insisted that West Brom deserve credit for the shocking result, but was quick to warn the Chelsea boss of the high standards often seen in the top flight.
Joe Cole believes Chelsea’s shocking defeat to West Brom is a ‘lesson’ for boss Thomas Tuchel
Chelsea was dealt a blow in the race for the Champions League after collapsing at the back
Tuchel led Borussia Dortmund and also sent Paris Saint-Germain to success, but suffered his first sobering setback from the wrestlers in England.
‘It’s a lesson for Thomas Tuchel. This is not the Bundesliga, this is the Premier League, ‘Cole said on BT Sport. ‘They have a lot of quality, Robinson, Diagne, they succeeded.
They pressed Chelsea from the front. It only took twenty minutes. The dismissal made a big difference.
Cole gave a harsh assessment of Chelsea’s loss but praised West Brom for their ‘quality’
Callum Robinson took in West Brom’s fifth goal, with the wrestlers astonishing Tuchel’s squad
But credit to them, credit to the manager for getting them out, just two days to prepare. They also had an international duty.
Chelsea had six players from the starting line-up and West Brom had five.
‘If you’re managing in the Bundesliga and you’re managing a Bayern Munich or one of those top teams, you can shift things around, make plans for the next game.
But the Premier League is unshakable. Levels are high. West Brom has good quality players and they have proven it today. ‘
Cole also said the top flight’s ‘relentless’ standard is higher than its competitors
Thiago Silva was sent off in front of the hosts in the first half and his teammates in defense collapsed spectacularly.
Matheus Pereira scored a double fire and sent West Brom, who continues to fight for survival in the bottom three, into the upcoming break.
After the restart, Chelsea was even more embarrassed by Callum Robinson’s brace and another attempt by Mbaye Diagne.