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Joe Cole Believes Thomas Tuchel was taught a valuable lesson following 5-2 defeat to West Brom



Joe Cole

Chelsea legend Joe Cole believes that Chelsea’s 5-2 defeat to West Bromwich Albion is a wake-up call to Tuchel considering the intensity of premier league Football.


Teachers winning streak for the blues came to a brutal end on Saturday afternoon, as the relegation-battling side fired five goals past the Senegalese goalee Mendy.

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Christian pulisic gave Chelsea the opener in the first half, following a red card to Thiago Silva due to a reckless challenge some minutes later, as the host were reduced to 10 men.

Matheus Pereira netted two goals just before half-time to give the visitors the advantage, before two goals from Callum Robinson and one from Mbaye Diagne inflicted more damage to the host team


Joe Cole Believes Thomas Tuchel was taught a valuable lesson following 5-2 defeat to West Brom 1 Sportelo

Thomas Tuchel reacts after loss to West Brom (Photo by JOHN WALTON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)


He told BT Sport: “When you’re managing in the Bundesliga and you’re Bayern Munich or one of the top clubs and you’re playing the team second from bottom, you can shift things around and you can plan for the next game.

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“But the Premier League is unwavering. The levels are high. You can’t take your foot off the pedal.

“It’s a mindset. It’s a lesson for the manager. We can’t be too harsh on him because he’s been faultless so far, but this is a lesson that the Premier League is unforgiving and no matter who you play against you’ve got to be 100% or you won’t win.”


Cole added: “I think he recognises that there’s no hiding place in the Premier League.

“It’s unforgiving and West Brom showed that because they were sensational from start to finish.”

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Chelsea prepare for a quick turnaround with a trip to face Porto in the Champions League quarter-final.