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Joe Cole heavily targeted for post-West Brom advice to Thomas Tuchel: ‘This isn’t the Bundesliga’

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 27: Thomas Tuchel the head coach / manager of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge on January 27, 2021 in London, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Sam Bagnall - AMA/Getty Images)


Viewers of the meeting between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion this afternoon have taken to social media in numbers, to take aim at BT Sport pundit and former Blues star Joe Cole.

Baggies run riot

Thomas Tuchel’s men were of course back in action a short time ago.

The Pensioners welcomed Sam Allardyce’s West Brom to the capital, for the club’s first outing on the back of the international break.

Chelsea headed into proceedings with 3 points very much on the agenda, with West Brom of course toiling in the Premier League relegation zone, and the capital giants vying for a top-4 berth.

When all was said and done at Stamford Bridge, though, to say that the action did not exactly go according to plan for the hosts would be putting it lightly.

A remarkable 90 minutes eventually saw West Brom emerge on the right side of an eye-watering 5-2 scoreline.

Chelsea actually opened the afternoon’s scoring, when Christian Pulisic found the net inside the opening half hour. Thiago Silva’s dismissal just minutes later, though, quickly saw the tides turn in London.

In turn, all of Matheus Pereira (2), Callum Robinson (2) and Mbaye Diagne went on to notch for an admittedly impressive Baggies outfit, who secured just their fourth 3-point haul of the campaign.

Cole criticism

For Chelsea, on the other hand, the inquest has inevitably since begun.

A host of the Blues’ stars looked below par throughout the 90 minutes this afternoon, with the likes of Jorginho and the dismissed Silva having been singled out for particularly heavy criticism.

During the post-match analysis session on BT Sport, though, one of those charged with punditry – in the form of Joe Cole – had some choice words of ‘wisdom’ for Thomas Tuchel.

The ex-Chelsea attacker highlighted what he evidently feels is a clear gap in quality between the less high-profile clubs in England, and those in Germany and France, where Tuchel has previously coached:

‘This is a lesson to Tuchel: this isn’t the Bundesliga, this isn’t Ligue 1, this is the Premier League.’

To say that Cole’s advice has since not gone down all that well with viewers, particularly those of a Bundesliga and Ligue 1 persuasion, though, would be putting it lightly.

Supporters have flooded to social media to highlight what they feel proved little more than the BT pundit showcasing his ignorance regarding matters outside of the Premier League, with some of the highlights below:


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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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