‘Very physical’: Thomas Tuchel gives brutal assessment of West Ham play under David Moyes

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel knows very well the game against West Ham United will be tough.

The German manager who revealed he was a fan of manager David Moyes and takes time out to watch his side admitted he enjoyed their style of play but not when he was playing against them.

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The European champions lost to Arsenal in midweek and will look for a straight way back to winning ways when they host the Hammers on Sunday.

Thomas Tuchel’s side have lost their last three home games, two of them against Brentford and Arsenal and will be desperate to avoid a third straight defeat at Stamford Bridge.

Tomas Soucek of West Ham United celebrates after scoring their sides first goal during the Premier League (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

There are no immediate concerns on their position as the third best team in the land but a defeat to West Ham could drag them back into a top four fight with both Arsenal and Tottenham exchanging punches for who gets the final Champions League spot for next season.

For West Ham, a surprise defeat to Brentford and a draw away to Burnley has deflated their top four hopes even if there is still a chance that a win on Sunday and a drop in form by both Spurs and the Gunners could still see them snatch the fourth spot at the end of the season.

There is also the history making Europa League semi-final game against Eintracht Frankfurt still to come on Thursday for the Irons.

So the Hammers still have two routes to the Champions League and  a win at the Stamford Bridge will be the best preparation for the game on Thursday .

Both teams come into the game on Sunday looking for some positivity to end the season and Thomas Tuchel who admits he is a big fan of the Irons says he expects a physical battle as that is the nature of David Moye’s side.

The Chelsea boss said:“I think he [David Moyes] is doing an incredible job in a very popular and very emotional club, a team together.

“A group with a coach that is enjoyable to watch. We follow the Europa League games, and I follow a lot of their games because it is nice to watch with a full investment physically.

“The players are absolutely tired after their matches. It is very emotional, a very physical squad. Very hard to break down, to create chances.

“Very dangerous on counter-attacks and set pieces. There is a lot to take care of. A lot of physicality and commitment to stand up against them. Full credit to them, the game will be tough.”