‘We lacked faith’: furious Thomas Tuchel beats Chelsea stars for first loss of the season to Manchester City and insists ‘it wasn’t a good performance at any level’
- Chelsea were defeated at home against Man City for the first time this season
- Gabriel Jesus scored the only goal of the game as City took a mediocre win
- Thomas Tuchel has admitted his side lost confidence as the match progressed
- Pep Guardiola now has more wins as City manager than anyone in history
Thomas Tuchel admitted his side “had no faith” as Manchester City brought Chelsea’s unbeaten start to a chilling end.
Chelsea failed to fire a shot on target at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon and succumbed to the winner Gabriel Jesus shortly after half-time.
Tuchel suggested they were playing with fear and accepted that he will also question his own decision to be conservative against the Premier League champions.
Thomas Tuchel lamented his Chelsea side’s performance against Manchester City
“We lacked faith and confidence to escape,” the German said. “With every mistake we made, we lost more and more confidence.
“We played with the mentality that we had something to lose. It was not a good performance at any level if you want to earn a result.
“We were so inaccurate. We are in it together, we win and lose together. I’ll ask myself if it was the right shape, but I’m not sure if the shape determined the result.’
Gabriel Jesus’ second half winner was enough for Man City to beat Chelsea 1-0 in West London
The second half of the Brazilian striker’s attack was deflected through Jorginho and past Edouard Mendy
Pep Guardiola has now racked up more wins as City manager than anyone in history, having broken Les McDowell’s 220 – in 227 fewer games.
“I am so proud,” Guardiola said. “I share it with all the people in the club for the years we have been together. All the staff, back room staff.
“We always do it in the interest of the club. To do it here, with the Champions League winners and above all for the way we played.
“We have the courage, the personality, we’ve never lost that since day one, because it doesn’t mean we play good or bad, but the way we played in every game. Even in defeat.
“The way the players have reacted in the five years we’ve been together makes me so proud. That’s why we have this record.’
City head to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday evening, for a crunch trip to Anfield to play against Liverpool next weekend.
Saturday’s win in West London is a huge boost after criticism after last weekend’s scoreless draw against Southampton.
The result gave Pep Guardiola a revenge win over Tuchel after losing the Champions League
“We have to prove ourselves as we have done in all these years,” added Guardiola. “These years have been incredible.
‘I want to believe what I feel. The best thing about us is that I still feel like our players are back to make a good season for ourselves and for our people.”
Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta echoed Tuchel’s disappointment after a missed opportunity to withdraw from City.
“It was not our best performance,” Azpilicueta said. “Especially in the first half it was difficult to get out. We didn’t create any chances and lost the ball too easily. After the goal we had a good reaction, but it wasn’t enough to get anything out of the game.
“They were at their best. We couldn’t keep the ball as we would like to. We’ve made so many mistakes, mistakes we don’t normally make.
“We are two great teams with great players and great ambition. Now we have to analyze what we didn’t do so well and move on to the next game. We didn’t lose the league today. If we had won, we wouldn’t have won the competition today.’