Thomas Tuchel on 'dangerous ground' as Chelsea comments lambasted by pundit
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is on “dangerous ground” after aiming criticism at the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge in recent weeks.
That is the view of former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson, who was speaking exclusively to Football Insider in the wake of the Blues’ 3-1 home defeat against Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday (6 April).
Speaking in a press conference on Tuesday (5 April) and quoted by The Guardian, Tuchel called for the Chelsea fans to “be better” after a spiky atmosphere during their 4-1 loss to Brentford on 2 April.
He added that it is “much harder to play against the spectators”.
However, Robinson insisted fans have the right to “voice their opinion”.
“It’s always a dangerous path to tread when you’re criticising your own supporters or asking them to do something,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.
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“It’s quite easy for the supporters to turn around and say: ‘well if the team isn’t performing on the pitch, then what do you expect?’
“It goes hand in hand.
“The fans have the right to their opinion and to voice their opinion because they pay a fortune to watch their team.
“It’s dangerous ground when you start slating those people.”
Chelsea remain in good shape to secure a third-place finish in the Premier League ahead of tomorrow’s clash against Southampton (9 April).
The Blues travel to Madrid next Tuesday for the second leg of the Champions League showdown.