Shocked by Shell, Thomas Tuchel admits a 5-2 defeat to West Brom is a ‘big wake-up call for everyone’ at Chelsea, but insists he get the ‘right response’ in the quarter finals of the Champions League with Porto
- Defender Thiago Silva saw red for half an hour for two bookable fouls
- West Brom made capitalization, with Matheus Pereira and Callum Robinson scoring twice
- Tuchel was furious but insisted he get an improvement for the Porto game
Thomas Tuchel took responsibility for Chelsea’s five-goal beating by West Bromwich Albion, but did not spare his players from criticism.
“We were rusty, we were sloppy in the build-up in our own half and we made many, many unforced mistakes,” Tuchel said after seeing his team collapse after a red card for Thiago Silva in the first half hour of the game. game at Stamford Bridge.
“We have not adjusted our positions under pressure,” he added. ‘There were critical ball losses in our own half and that eventually led to a red card, which cost us the game.
Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel admits a 5-2 defeat to West Bromwich Albion was unacceptable
The Blues boss was visible throughout the game and arguably frustrated with his players
‘When it was 11 against 11, I wasn’t very happy, but that was okay. I didn’t expect much after the international break and the early kick-off.
‘And I thought if it takes a while, I’ll accept it. But we were still sloppy with counter attacks and missed many opportunities to finish this game early.
And the second story was that we weren’t good enough when we were one less man. It is absolutely not necessary to score five goals with our quality. But our defense was not about the quality it should be.
‘It is my responsibility. It’s hard to accept, but there is no other solution than to accept it and move on. ‘
Defender Thiago Silva (photo) was sent off for half of four for two bookable fouls
The Brazilian also made a scorching debut against the Baggies in this season’s reverse game
Undefeated in his first 14 games after being appointed to replace Frank Lampard, Tuchel made significant changes to the back. With Silva fit after injury, Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger started on the bench.
So did Mason Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi, with Tammy Abraham left out of the squad and uninjured.
“Hopefully we can look back and call it a wake-up call,” Tuchel said. ‘That would mean we woke up and started a new run. But for me it was not necessary, I did not feel that we were overconfident or arrogant or that we were struggling.
The loss to relegation-threatened West Brom ended Tuchel’s 14-game unbeaten streak
‘After 15 or 14 games we cannot lose our heads, we cannot take away the confidence we have in these players.
After the game, it was time to be fair, but to stay calm and breathe and tell everyone to breathe. It’s our first loss together. It’s important to find a way to deal with it together, and for everyone to know that I feel part of it.
“So there were a few quick words to calm everyone down and delay the conversations because it was too emotional, too much frustration, and that’s not productive.”