‘Not against Raheem!’ – Thomas Tuchel throws table-tennis paddle as new signing Raheem Sterling despatches Chelsea manager on pre-season tour

    A wholesome clip of Raheem Sterling and Thomas Tuchel has emerged as the new signing settles in at Chelsea.

    Sterling recently joined the Blues in a £55million move from Manchester City and made his first appearance in a pre-season friendly against Charlotte on Wednesday.

    Sterling was too much for Tuchel to handle on the ping-pong table

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    Sterling was too much for Tuchel to handle on the ping-pong table

    Despite making the switch from a Premier League rival, the England international appears to be a popular member of the Chelsea squad already.

    A video has emerged of the 27-year-old taking on Blues boss Tuchel during a table-tennis competition on the club’s pre-season tour of America.

    Sterling brutally despatches his new manager after a brief rally – and the German laughs as he throws his paddle on the table.

    “Not against Raheem!” Tuchel said repeatedly as the Chelsea squad laughed at his expense.

    On the pitch, Sterling impressed Tuchel with his performance against Charlotte.

    The forward was brought on at half-time and netted his penalty in a shootout which Chelsea lost.

    Sterling appeared in a Chelsea shirt for the first time and converted his penalty

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    Sterling appeared in a Chelsea shirt for the first time and converted his penalty

    Tuchel said: “I saw four accelerations in the second-half and they all came from Raheem. This is what he delivers and there is no need for major doubts or huge criticism.

    “But it is never important what the manager has in his head before pre-season, it’s the reality that counts. Every day in training and matches like this count and from there we go.”

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