Tuchel slams Chelsea performance on several fronts and admits gloomy pre-match prediction came true

Tuchel slams Chelsea performance on several fronts and admits gloomy pre-match prediction came true

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel blasted several aspects of his team’s performance following the 4-1 defeat to Brentford at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues struggled in the first half and looked sluggish, with the Bees firmly on top in the opening stages. However, Thomas Frank’s side could not take advantage before the break.

And it was actually Chelsea who took the lead through an Antonio Rudiger thunderbolt off the post.

Nevertheless, Brentford hit back two minutes later and scored three goals in a blistering 10-minute spell to seal a famous win.

Chelsea subsequently responded and had chances to test Brentford’s nerve. Ultimately, though, they were not as clinical as the Bees, who had Christian Eriksen to thank for one of the goals in another landmark for the Dane after his return from a cardiac arrest.

“We lost control for 10 minutes,” Tuchel told Sky Sports in his assessment. “It was a tough start for us which is also not the first time after an international break.

“We were OK in the first half and had a very good start to the second half and took the lead. Maybe we thought it was already done and we got punished in 10 minutes.

“In general we allowed too many shots and in general we lacked energy. We looked mentally tired which is normal after being around the world.

“After scoring we forgot we still had 40 minutes to play. I think it was deserved we took the lead.”

Tuchel in fact admitted that he “did not have high expectations” of his team following most of the squad’s return from the international break.

However, Tuchel insisted that his side could – and should – have salvaged something from the game.

Tuchel bemoans missed Chelsea chances

Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea v Brentford April 2022

“We struggled and we found a way to be in the lead. We made life very complicated for ourselves because we stopped defending,” he said.

“Nobody saw it coming, especially after going 1-0 ahead. It was very untypical of us. But we stopped defending. We were not aware of enough of the danger, were sloppy with the defending and got punished.

“They made the most of it in those 10 minutes. Right after their third goal we had 10 minutes where we had big, big chances and we missed them.

“They were lucky and clinical enough to get three goals. We did not defend like it is needed to in the Premier League and got punished.”

Chelsea return to action on Wednesday when they will have to play better to get anything out of Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie.


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