‘He was in shock’ – Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga opens up on ‘scared’ Pierre-Emerick Aubamayang’s arrival at Bridge
CHELSEA goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has revealed that new team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been left in shock over Thomas Tuchel’s sacking.
The Gabonese striker left Barcelona to link-up again with his former Borussia Dortmund boss at Stamford Bridge on deadline day.
However, that reunion Tuchel lasted just a matter of days and ONE MATCH as the German coach was axed by Chelsea last week after a shock defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League.
New boss Graham Potter got his first taste of action in the Champions League on Tuesday, but despite a dominant display they were left frustrated after conceding a late goal to draw 1-1.
And when asked about the impact the managerial change has had on Aubameyang following that result, Spanish keeper Kepa admitted: “The truth is that the first days he arrived a little scared.
“He was a little in shock, a lot of change, the last two or three days were very crazy for him, everything that happened to him was a misfortune.”
Aubameyang was also asked about Tuchel himself, and he said: “Everyone knows the relationship that I had with Thomas.
“It’s always sad when someone leaves the club. Obviously, I just saw him for a few days.
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“When you play football you have to adapt very quickly to some moments in the season, this can happen.”
Aubameyang also revealed he had not yet spoken to Tuchel, but revealed what he thought the German was feeling: “I think he was a bit frustrated and sad, obviously.
“I will try to talk to him as soon as possible. It’s been a crazy week for all of us, that’s part of life, we have to adapt.
“I think it’s a bit of sadness at the moment, hopefully we’ll get back to better days soon.
“Obviously, I think it’s a bit strange for everybody, not only for me, but as I said, this is football, you have to adapt.
“When you play for Chelsea you need results as soon as possible, that’s why I’m a bit frustrated today.”