Tuchel’s half-time promise left Chelsea team in disbelief during Newcastle clash

Thomas Tuchel's half-time promise left Chelsea's players in disbelief during their Premier League match against Newcastle.

The Blues were 2-0 ahead in the contest and cruising thanks to first-half goals from Olivier Giroud and Timo Werner.

But new boss Tuchel wanted more from his Chelsea side and tried to incentivise them with a reward during the half-time break.

A Stamford Bridge insider told The Athletic that the German boss offered the players two days off if they could see the job through.

“He was giving the team talk and then suddenly said, ‘If you win this game, I will give you two days off’", the source told The Athletic.

They continued: "Everyone looked at each other thinking, ‘What the…?!’ This was the first they’d heard of it. They’d never had something like this before. It was his way of motivating them.”

Tuchel's promise worked and Chelsea held their lead to run out 2-0 winners in the manager's sixth game in charge.

Chelsea are so far unbeaten since Tuchel's appointment having won six and drawn two under the German's stewardship.

He has guided the Blues up to fifth in the table and back into top four contention after the sacking of Frank Lampard.

Part of Chelsea's revival under Tuchel has been put down to improved communication between players and manager.

Another source told The Athletic: “The ones that aren’t playing, he is always talking to them. That’s the big difference Tuchel has made.

“It means something. If the manager chats to you when out of the side, you have a better feeling. You feel part of the group, still included, still part of it.

"He tells them what to do better, that kind of thing. He focuses on the whole team, the whole squad. He is very personable.”

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