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We Were surprised By Reece James Robbery -Tuchel

Thomas Tuchel said that the club is supporting Reece James following a break-in at his home, and that the young player will benefit from the build-up to a big game like the one this weekend to divert his attention away from the unpleasant incident. 


James disclosed on social media this week that robbers stole a safe containing his Champions League and Super Cup winners' medals, as well as his Euro 2020 runners-up medal, from his home while he was playing at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, and he even released security camera video of it.

Fortunately, no one was present at the time of the break-in, but I want to assure you that I am safe and sound. 


‘These medals were gained on behalf of Chelsea and England, and they are honors that I will never lose, regardless of whether I have the actual medals to prove it.'

Tuchel was asked to remark during his press conference ahead of Sunday's big London derby at Tottenham, and he said: 


Hearing the news and then seeing the images was disturbing to all of us. We have no doubts about our support for Reece. The club is incredibly supportive, and we are emotionally supportive as well. 


‘It can be helpful to focus on something else, and to remember that not everyone is trying to help you and wants to talk to you about it over and over again.'

Sometimes the best distraction is to keep your attention on the game and training and what you have to do. But it's evident that everyone is rooting for him.' 


After playing the entire game against Zenit in the Champions League, James and the rest of his teammates had had since Tuesday to heal and prepare for Sunday's meeting, while Spurs were away in the UEFA Europa Conference League on Thursday night. 


Tuchel remarked of his team's gap between games, "It's good."

I like it because we still had one recuperation day yesterday and two training sessions where we can prepare physically and tactically to develop exactly what we want to do after a day off, which was fantastic for us. 


‘It's really rare, therefore it's beneficial to us, but is it a benefit? If you look at statistics over time, I don't believe there is any benefit to a team having one or two extra days off. It's sometimes beneficial to stick to a routine. It depends, but having four days was beneficial to us in particular.'

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