Thomas Tuchel was at a loss to clarify why his Chelsea crew made “impossible” particular person errors within the 4-2 defeat to Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
The loss follows heavy dwelling defeats to Brentford and Real Madrid, which had been additionally blighted by particular person errors from Chelsea’s beforehand dependable defence.
Andreas Christensen’s poor again move set the tone, permitting Eddie Nketiah to attain the primary, and he received his second after Emile Smith Rowe’s well-worked strike following a turnover, earlier than Cesar Azpilicueta gave away a late penalty for holding onto Bukayo Saka within the field.
Searching for solutions, Tuchel claimed the Stamford Bridge pitch is an issue for his aspect in reference to the opener, but additionally criticised his aspect for creating issues from conditions when they need to have been in management.
“It was a very wild and open recreation within the first half – already a 2-2 after we got here again twice. We had an excellent begin however once more gave the primary objective away, which is inconceivable to do these items in consecutive matches. But we’re doing it. We got here again twice, and we scored one other two within the second half, sadly for the fallacious aspect.
“It’s a stage of errors, the variety of errors in consecutive video games right here at dwelling, it is inconceivable at this type of stage. You do not see this. It’s merely inconceivable, however we’re doing this in the mean time, and you can’t win soccer video games like this.
“To say the pitch is difficult to play here it maybe sounds like an excuse, but it is a very, very difficult pitch that we have here. It’s not in our favour. The ball bounces very awkwardly in front of Andreas when he wants to play this ball. But still, we had the same mistake against Real Madrid that cost us the next round of the Champions League, and this one cost us the next match. I can’t remember when we got two goals like this.”
“Look at the penalty, and it is an unbelievable goal from our ball possession. There are no tactics behind that. We have three ball losses in ten seconds. Then we do a foul where there’s not even the slightest danger. We foul a person, it is a penalty, and we rob ourselves of six minutes for an equaliser. What is there to analyse? There’s nothing to analyse.”
Tuchel’s Chelsea have conceded three or extra targets twice this month. They’d solely executed that when earlier than in his total reign and, as Tuchel identified, the absence of standard Antonio Rudiger and Thiago Silva starting the match on the bench would not clarify it.
“We conceded seven goals with Toni against Brentford and Real Madrid, that answers the question. It’s not about individual players,” mentioned Tuchel. “A defensive efficiency is a crew efficiency, and an offensive efficiency is a crew efficiency.
“You need to have the tactics right, which is doubtful I had this right, and you need the team selection right, again it’s doubtful I had this right.
“Then it is a recreation for the gamers. They get full reward after they do it after they did it for the final three matches. And they should face the truth that it is inconceivable to win matches if you happen to make this quantity of errors of this calibre. It’s merely inconceivable. I do not see it in every other matches, however I see it now in consecutive matches of our video games, and it has to cease.”
Hasselbaink: Lukaku display not good enough for Chelsea; ‘show desire’
While Tuchel refrained from naming individuals in his post-match dressing down of his side’s performance, former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink told Sky Sports the display of record signing Romelu Lukaku simply wasn’t up to scratch.
The Belgian was making his first Premier League start since February but never looked like ending his goal drought which stretches back to December and was subbed off after an hour.
Hasselbaink said Lukaku, Christensen, Malang Sarr and Marcos Alonso failed to reach the required level – and called on the Belgian to show more desire.
“I believe Tuchel could be very dissatisfied. I do not suppose he needs to be too important of people however I believe he is very dissatisfied in sure people,” said Hasselbaink.
“I do not perceive why he is speaking in regards to the pitch as a result of there’s two groups enjoying on the pitch. Maybe he is attempting to guard sure people however if you happen to take a look at the sport, Chelsea had been effectively underneath par.
“Lukaku, Christensen, Sarr and Alonso – they were just not good enough for a Chelsea team that should be challenging for winning the Premier League. I know they can’t be No1 anymore but you still play for your pride.
“Lukaku, you have not had the perfect of seasons, you get a chance – go and present any individual you’re the man. Show you actually need it. Go and present that need. I did not see it.
“I really want him to do well, this team needs a No9. Then you see Kai Havertz come in and he goes in spaces, he wants the ball, he’s running left, right and centre. Not everything is coming off but he’s trying. I’m not seeing that from Lukaku.
“I’m not saying every part is his fault however he is main the road, do some extra.”