Chelsea boss Tuchel talks Kounde, Koulibaly debut after Arsenal thumping

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel remained tightlipped on their pursuit of Sevilla defender Jules Kounde after their thrashing by Arsenal.

Chelsea were thumped 4-0 by the Gunners in Florida.

Asked about Kounde, Tuchel said: “There is no update, no update. The analysing of the season does not change because of this game. Unfortunately, it proved my point and the last week proves my point. I would prefer to not be right and I did everything to prove myself wrong, but at the moment I feel I was right when I look at the last season and at the parts of the game where we struggled and how we struggled.

“We got sanctioned and players left us, we know that some players are trying to leave us, and this is where it is. We had an urgent appeal for quality players and a huge amount of quality players. We’ve got two quality players – that is no doubt – but we are not competitive like this and unfortunately, we could see it today.”

Tuchel raised one positive, which was Kalidou Koulibaly’s debut.

He said: “He was the best player on the pitch for us.

“On an evening where nothing felt good, this felt very good.”