Angry Thomas Tuchel blames Chelsea’s PITCH for the catalog of blunders in the 4-2 loss to Arsenal… with the Blues having conceded 11 times in the last three games at Stamford Bridge
- Chelsea lost for the third time in a row at home as Arsenal ran out winners
- Andreas Christensen made a mistake for the Gunners first and then was substituted
- Thomas Tuchel said the ball bounced “uncomfortably” for the Danish centre-back.
- Tuchel said his team have not learned the lesson from Madrid or Brentford.
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Thomas Tuchel criticized the state of the pitch, angered his error-plagued side and sympathized with angry fans as Chelsea slumped to their third straight home loss.
“You can’t win football games like this,” Tuchel snapped after Arsenal’s 4-2 victory at Stamford Bridge. It is impossible to do these things in consecutive games and we are doing it.
“You just don’t see this, but we’re doing it right now.”
Thomas Tuchel hit the state of the pitch and raged at his mistake-filled Chelsea team
Andreas Christensen’s error led to Arsenal’s first goal and the Dane was substituted at half-time
He insists that it is not due to the absence of Toni Rudiger, ruled out due to injury last night.
“We conceded seven goals with Toni against Brentford and Real Madrid,” said Tuchel. “It’s not about individual players, it’s about defensive performance.
‘You need to get the tactics right, which is doubtful if I had this right. He needs the team selection right, also doubtful if he had this right. So it’s a game for players. They get all the praise when they do it and they have to face the reality that it’s impossible to win games like this if you make this many mistakes of this caliber. It has to stop.
Andreas Christensen made an error on Arsenal’s first goal and did not return after half-time. “He said he can’t continue,” Tuchel said. ‘I do not substitute a player for a mistake. The course is difficult to play here, it may sound like an excuse but here it is a very difficult course, not in our favour.
Tuchel insisted that it was not due to the absence of Toni Rudiger, ruled out due to injury last night
“The ball bounces very badly in front of Andreas, but we still made the same mistake against Real Madrid that cost us the next round in the Champions League. This one cost us this game.
And Tuchel continued: ‘Look at the penalty, an incredible goal from our possession of the ball. There are no tactics behind this. We have three turnovers in 10 seconds and then a free kick where there is not even the slightest danger, and we steal six minutes maybe for the draw.
There is nothing to analyze. It must be something. But obviously it’s possible not to because we showed it, and we thought we had learned the lesson from Brentford and Real Madrid, but obviously we didn’t.
Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta was involved in an exchange with a Blues supporter after the match. “I wasn’t a part of it,” Tuchel said. “I saw it but honestly I can understand the fan too.”
A furious César Azpilicueta was involved in a confrontation with a Chelsea fan
He seemed to walk away from the situation, but eventually went to confront the fan in the stands.
Arsenal halted their three-game losing rot in resounding style, with two goals from Eddie Nketiah on either side of one from Emile Smith Rowe and a stoppage-time penalty scored by Bukayo Saka, his first from the spot since missing. when England lost the Euro. End of 2020 in a shootout.
Mikel Arteta considered sending substitute Alexandre Lacazette to take the penalty until he realized Saka was about to take it and he didn’t want to take away his chance to redeem himself.
“When I saw that Bukayo was going to take him, my first thought was for him in the summer and what happened,” Arteta said. ‘When that happened to Bukayo, it happened for a reason and he learned a lot and matured so much, that’s why he’s having the season that he’s having.
“I’m sure it was in the back of his mind, it took great character and courage.”
Bukayo Saka scored from the spot, his first since missing as England lost the Euro 2020 final