Ahead of Saturday's English Premier League (EPL) match versus Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge, a chunk of Chelsea players returned to training at Cobham from international engagements Thursday and Friday, but the German tactician says it is an obstacle the club has to overcome.
"We don't do it for the first time but it still feels awkward and it is demanding because normally you build up a feeling for your group and players in what they need and don't need. You navigate through a week like this with six or seven players here for two weeks. You have a little group so you fill it up a little bit with academy guys if they are here," Tuchel said during his pre-match press conference on Friday.
"Yesterday (Thursday) and today, the building was more or more full. Today, was the first day, we have done it but it is not the nicest situation. You lack the feeling and rhythm. Everyone has come from different trips, different styles of play, demanding games and experiences.
"But in the end, once we enter the meeting room and watch video sequences from us and Aston Villa, I demand full focus and motivation. This is us and this is what we are up to.
"We are playing at the highest level and we play for Chelsea. When you arrive on Friday morning, no matter if you are tired, you accept it. That's no matter how tough your trip was, accept it and be fully focused and motivated. This is how I felt the team on the training pitch and we pushed them. Not to give the wrong impression that we are still too soft and talking too much about how hard this is. This is an obstacle to overcome, the challenge for tomorrow and we want to be on our highest level and we will not accept any excuses from us."