Tuchel surprised by Chelsea’s poor display

For the second successive game Chelsea produced an underwhelming performance to succumb to a 1-0 defeat against Juventus in the Champions League. The Blues looked shy of confidence and ideas despite having over 70% of possession against the Italian club.

Tuchel’s men have registered just one shot on target in their last two games, and have struggled to create attacking opportunities with Lukaku upfront. Speaking to reporters after the defeat Chelsea Head Coach Thomas Tuchel conceded he wasn’t sure why his team performed poorly. The German added “I think we started not sharp enough.”

We struggled to create our own rhythm and intensity because they were so deep and passive. We were lacking runs. We were so good in training yesterday and not good enough, not free enough today. I don’t know why.”

I felt we were a bit slow and tired, mentally slow, decision-making. That’s why it’s a strange one to analyse. We had a day off and two very good training sessions yesterday. We were absolutely sharp, looked very fresh and very hungry, and ready for a bounce back.”

It’s very difficult to put on a high rhythm against a team who defends so deep. If we defended deep against City it was difficult for them to create chances. It was the same for us here. But the difference was we gave two big chances and gave the belief back into the stadium.”

Juventus, who are struggling in their domestic league took the lead just 10 seconds into second half through Chiesa, who rifled home his effort past Edouard Mendy. Tuchel admitted his side found it difficult to break down Juventus’ deep defending, but insisted Chelsea should have been much better. He added “Manchester City scored from a set-piece with a deflected shot against us. Sometimes you need this. If a team defends deep, it’s hard to find your own rhythm.”

We were lacking runners. Once we started to do other things, we made mistakes and that cost us a bit of belief. A shooting problem. If we don’t shoot, they cannot be on target. If you play against a deep block like today, it’s hard to take shots.”

We found the spaces, it wasn’t easy. We had a lot of shots, but I think there are some chances late in the game where it wouldn’t have been so hard to find the target.”

Source: Sky Sports

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