ormer Chelsea man Joe Cole says Saturday’s defeat to West Brom should serve as a “lesson” for Thomas Tuchel, warning the new Blues boss: “This isn’t the Bundesliga.”
Thiago Silva’s first-half sending off sparked a remarkable implosion by Tuchel’s side as the Baggies, who had only scored 20 goals all season prior to the game, ran riot.
“It’s a lesson for Thomas Tuchel. This isn’t the Bundesliga, this is the Premier League,” Cole said on BT Sport.
“[West Brom] pressed Chelsea from the front. It was a bitty 20 minutes. The sending off made a big difference.
“But credit to them, credit to the manager to get them out, only two days to prepare. They had international duty too.
“Chelsea had six players out the starting line-up and West Brom had five.
“When you are managing in the Bundesliga and you’re managing a Bayern Munich or one of those top teams, you can shift things, plan for the next game.
“But the Premier League is unwavering. The levels are high. West Brom have good quality players and they proved that today.”