TRANSCRIPT: Ten Hag’s Chelsea’ press conference in full – Chelsea didn’t want to sell Mount

TRANSCRIPT: Ten Hag’s Chelsea’ press convention in full – Chelsea didn’t need to promote Mount


It’s one other week with extra accidents. We heard about Martinez and Lindelof. Are there another points operating in to the Chelsea sport? How are Varane and Jonny Evans for instance?

No extra points. Within the frontline and in midfield, we’re OK. We have now choices there. However within the backline, we have now a scarcity of choices however the good factor is, this afternoon, again in coaching are Rapha Varane and Jonny Evans, and Harry Maguire was already again in coaching yesterday already.

With these points, we have now spoken to you all season about what maybe is the trigger. Are you any nearer to figuring out why you get so many muscle accidents?

We have now an concept however we are going to work on that. Internally we are going to cope with it.

Do you need to share the thought?


When it comes to the best way the previous couple of days have panned out, all of us actually loved the Liverpool cup tie which was a wonderful event, however then to go to Brentford which was such a disappointment, have you ever hung out this week reflecting on how on earth that occurs?

I’ve been in soccer lengthy sufficient to know, and in addition what a few of you must also perceive, why that such issues occur. Typically, you aren’t taking part in good however we’re Man United and we nonetheless must win. If you end up successful, you possibly can’t give it away in the best way we did, that’s the greatest disappointment for me. However we additionally must see the developments line over an extended interval and I’d say, from Christmas on, it has been optimistic. We maintain going.

However from a man-management standpoint, how do you deal with that? Do you rip in to them after a sport? Do you encourage them?

It is determined by the scenario you might be in as a workforce. Additionally how the gamers, how they see it, and the way they specific it on the pitch. Then you definitely take a method on how one can cope with it.

Simply going again to the accidents and all the issues you’ve had with them this season, have you ever modified issues because the season has gone on? Has the method modified in any respect to attempt stop all these issues?

You’ll be able to’t stop it and also you additionally see it’s not solely us. The requirements that the Premier League, from an depth perspective, are so excessive and the overload within the schedule, additionally with worldwide soccer, is so big. We have now all internationals in our squad and also you see it’s not solely us. Metropolis has issues, Liverpool has issues, Newcastle has issues, there are numerous different groups. And on this second, particularly the defending division. However, in midfield and within the frontline, the gamers can be found.

How have you ever needed to change then based mostly on the schedule being as punishing because it’s been?

We don’t practice as a result of we recuperate. After which we go on to the subsequent sport.

Mason Mount clearly scored at Brentford. What does he must do now to develop into a starter in your workforce?

He’s a improbable soccer participant however it will be important, first, that he’s getting and holding match as a result of he has had three accidents, as we have now seen it now with Licha. You need to keep away from, so we have now to do that very rigorously and so that’s the first goal, to maintain him match. And naturally, on the identical time, we need to use him that he can have profit and contribution to the workforce, like he did on Saturday, the place he had an impression.

Are you shocked that Chelsea aren’t greater up the league desk this season?

It’s a powerful competitors and it’s very tight. And in addition it comes right down to which gamers can be found and which gamers aren’t. If you end up on the precise aspect of the road, I’d say you possibly can have a profitable season, however on this competitors the place it’s so aggressive, it will also be a time the place you might be on the unsuitable aspect you possibly can have a season which is harder. For the remainder, they’ve a improbable workforce they usually have improbable gamers, they play additionally excellent soccer to allow them to beat everybody they usually have already confirmed that on this league.

Going again to the harm points, there have been options that your coaching periods have been too intense for the gamers. Have you ever needed to alter the depth in coaching over the season because of the accidents?

No. We don’t practice too onerous. We must be match. This league, the requirements, you could be match. In any other case you possibly can’t match the requirements required of the sport. We don’t practice too onerous.

You introduced in some coaches and analysts with you from Ajax. In hindsight, wouldn’t it have been extra prudent to herald a health coach? A variety of managers herald a health coach. Is that one thing you lack right here?

No. We have now good folks round with a variety of information. Based mostly on information, we make our choices.

On the schedule, final season you had a loopy variety of video games. A marathon season. The identical for the primary half of this season, simply so many video games. For the reason that flip of the yr, I believe you’ve had 13 video games in 91 days. You had 22 over the identical interval final season. You’re not taking part in each three days now. Is it on this scenario that the accidents are a bit extra of a priority now?

No as a result of it nonetheless has an impact. The large variety of video games we’ve had within the final 18 months nonetheless has an impression on our squad. The buildup.

Is it simply that as a supervisor of a prime membership, with an ever growing congested calendar, you’re simply going to have to seek out methods to handle as greatest as you possibly can?

You want very sturdy gamers, that’s the requirement. However as I say, once you go round Christmas the place we have been in a scenario with a variety of accidents, after which it’s important to carry them again, however within the second they’re free from harm they aren’t going to be match match. They aren’t straight again in to kind. They want a few video games earlier than you get again within the rhythm. It nonetheless has an impression.

You say about sturdy gamers, you have a look at Bruno who performs on a regular basis, he’s continuously match, do you want extra sturdy gamers like him?

I believe we have now many gamers who’re very sturdy like Bruno is however that’s the kind of participant you want.

Simply to return to an earlier query that you simply didn’t actually reply, quite a few instances once we’ve seen good performances we predict they’ve turned the nook, then to have such a disappointing efficiency, followers don’t perceive why that retains occurring. What’s going on between these two video games for that to occur?

I defined a number of instances. We don’t have a constant workforce. Each time we have now to regulate and the routines aren’t what they need to be. That’s as a result of it’s important to adapt your workforce with folks dropping out. So now, as soon as once more, we have now to regulate our workforce.

However that workforce you had out in opposition to Brentford was an excellent workforce.

Yeh, I believe it’s an excellent workforce. We began with the identical line-up as in opposition to Liverpool however then you definitely see with many groups after worldwide break the rhythm has gone away as a result of they performed two video games with totally different teammates, with a distinct method of play with totally different methods.

Chelsea have been in a scenario the place they’ve had new homeowners and people new homeowners have made an terrible lot of modifications and it hasn’t actually labored out judging by their league place. Do you assume there’s a warning there for the brand new homeowners right here?

I believe you could comply with the method. As I say, we have now a great frontline, some good younger gamers coming via who’re creating very nicely, so we’re in a great way, in a great route, and now we have now to make the subsequent steps and never interrupt this course of.

Going again to Mason Mount, once you first turned desirous about him have been you shocked that Chelsea have been prepared to promote him to a rival like United?

I don’t assume they needed to promote him. They needed to maintain him. They supplied him a brand new contract many instances. However he desires to make this step and we have been and are very happy that he’s a Manchester United participant as a result of he has nice talents. I’m certain he’ll contribute and develop into a giant participant for Man United.

You talked about earlier than in regards to the overload in fixtures and about the truth that perhaps is a throwback to the World Cup, do you assume that soccer has to be taught which you can’t maintain going again to the nicely over and over? That gamers want a break?

We mentioned this early on. Completely. The gamers get overloaded they usually can’t carry the performances anymore. We’re already over the purpose of what we demand from our prime gamers.

If it doesn’t change, it’s solely going to proceed like this the place you’re going to have gamers getting harm.

So it’s. You see this weekend when Metropolis is taking part in with out Walker, with out Stones. Then additionally the degrees dropping. It was a distinct workforce than once we confronted them. The degrees from groups will drop in case you maintain occurring on this programme that we at the moment are in once you overload the worldwide programme.

The membership has been trying in to why you’ve had so many accidents. How assured are you that it’s not going to occur once more? Or is that inconceivable due to the schedule forward?

You’ll be able to’t 100% keep away from this. It’s inconceivable. It is determined by sure components. We have now nationwide groups, so 5 instances a yr you give your gamers away and don’t have any impression. With some nationwide groups we have now excellent connections, we handle the programmes, however there are additionally others who do what they need.

You’re in all probability going to must win each league sport left to qualify for the Champions League. Wouldn’t it be a failure for you and the gamers to not make the Champions League? Or is there mitigation and understanding from the folks in cost right here in regards to the accidents?

I don’t know. Additionally, I don’t care. However I’ve excessive requirements and I’d be dissatisfied if we don’t qualify, and I do know it could be very tough as a result of we aren’t in a great place. However yeh, we need to win each sport and that’s the normal that we have now from one another. We are going to maintain going and maintain believing. That would be the method for each sport. We are going to maintain combating till the tip. However I do know we aren’t in a great place, we have now to catch up, and we have now had a variety of issues so we have now to be real looking. In a contest the place it’s so aggressive, the place groups are so shut in ranges, you want your gamers to be obtainable to make a constant workforce and to herald your method of play. That’s a truth. If you happen to can’t do it, each time it’s important to make compromises, then you’ll drop ranges and you’ll drop factors. If you happen to can play a constant workforce then your ranges will go up. When you possibly can play the perfect gamers in your squad, you’ll accumulate extra factors. That’s a truth. I shall be real looking, however however I’ll maintain combating till the tip, in each sport, and I’ll demand from each sport a win as a result of we’re United. We have now to win each sport.


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