Tiemoue Bakayoko Offers Explanation For First Season Struggles At Chelsea

Tiemoue Bakayoko has struggled to adapt to the speed and intensity of the Premier League

Tiemoue Bakayoko has struggled in his first season with Chelsea and believes his failure to adapt quickly is due to the chasm in quality between the Premier League and Ligue 1. 

Having signed from Monaco for £40million last summer, the midfielder has frustrated Chelsea fans this term.

The 23-year-old noted that the speed of the game is vastly different and he is still getting used to the intensity of play.

He said: ‘I think it’s clearly superior in England, it’s more intense, the difficulty level is higher.

‘There is no time to rest or drop the ball for one game, that’s clear and it becomes clearer with every game I play for Chelsea.

‘It’s also really exciting and there is really no comparison.’

Bakayoko went on to add that teams are far less methodical in their approach play on these shores.

‘Here I’d say it’s the intensity, when you get the ball the time between defence and attack is so fast.

‘The ball just flies backwards and forwards, and that’s something unique to here whereas in France you have more time to build up your attacks, something you don’t have here,’ he added.

Despite the underwhelming maiden campaign at Stamford Bridge, Bakayoko will hope to finish the season with some silverware as the Blues take on Manchester United in the FA Cup final this Saturday.

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