Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel absolutely raved about West Ham duo Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek when speaking to the Evening Standard.
The Hammers pair have been outstanding for us over the past two years.
David Moyes brought Soucek to the London Stadium on loan in January 2020 before making his move a permanent one for around £15 million (Daily Mail) five months later.
The Czech Republic international has been a revelation for West Ham. He hasn’t been at his best by any means this season but he still makes a huge contribution to the team both defensively and offensively, especially from set-pieces.
Rice, meanwhile, has been one of the Premier League’s best and most consistent players since football resumed after the first nationwide lockdown in June 2020.
Soucek and Rice were both very good against Chelsea on Saturday and Thomas Tuchel is huge fan of the Hammers pair.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel loves West Ham duo
The German clearly knew just how much of threat West Ham would pose at the London Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
And he would have been right to be concerned about us. The Hammers won 3-2 and closed the gap on Chelsea to just six points in the process.
Tuchel spoke to the Evening Standard and singled out two West Ham players in particular for praise:
“He’s (Rice) a very strong player and in general, I am absolutely impressed by [Tomas] Soucek and him, what they do since I came into the Premier League. What they do for West Ham. They are real helpers on the pitch, they have an incredible volume both of them. They take responsibility for high pressing, for deep defending, for filling the gaps on the wings, for deep build-up, for goals from set-pieces. Both of them are simply doing everything.”
Tuchel is spot on there with his assessment of Soucek and Rice.
Both players do so much for this West Ham team. And a lot of the dirty work they do often goes unnoticed.
Hopefully Soucek will start scoring again consistently just like he did last term.
With the England and Czech Republic internationals at the base of our midfield pivot, we will always have a chance to win games against the best teams in world football.
Tuchel is a very wise man. And his comments on Rice and Soucek will serve as further evidence of just how seriously West Ham are being taken this season.