Thomas Tuchel was understandable furious after the 4-0 defeat to Arsenal last night.
Given the scoreline, that was always going to be the case, even if it was a friendly.
The Chelsea manager’s assessment after the game was pretty much as bleak as the game itself. He noted that plenty of his group just didn’t look mentally engaged at all, and Tuchel said this was likely because they were more worried about leaving the club than playing for it.
This can only mean one thing – if it wasn’t already a priority, it’s essential that the deadwood are expunged immediately. It doesn’t really matter if it’s for a bad return, or even no return. If their presence is poisoning the rest of the group, keeping them here will cost us more than the meagre extra money we will get by giving them preseason minutes.
It’s time to be ruthless, and hopefully being in the stadium last night will have given Todd Boehly and his fellow owners that message loud and clear.