Angry Thomas Tuchel blames Chelsea’s PITCH for catalog of blunders in 4-2 loss to Arsenal… with the Blues conceding 11 goals in their last three games at Stamford Bridge
- Chelsea lost for the third consecutive time at home as Arsenal lacked winners
- Andreas Christensen made a mistake for the Gunners’ first and was then substituted
- Thomas Tuchel says the ball bounced ‘awkwardly’ for the Danish centre-back
- Tuchel says his side haven’t learned lessons from Madrid or Brentford
- REPORT: Arsenal give top four prospects a boost with surprise win at Chelsea
Thomas Tuchel denounced the state of the pitch, fumed at his error-strewn side and sympathized with angry fans as Chelsea slumped to a third straight home defeat.
“You can’t win football games like this,” Tuchel quipped after Arsenal’s 4-2 win at Stamford Bridge. “It’s impossible to do these things in consecutive matches and we do.”
“You just don’t see that, but we do right now.”
Thomas Tuchel denounced the state of the pitch and fumed at his error-strewn Chelsea side
Andreas Christensen’s error led to Arsenal’s first goal and the Dane was substituted at half-time
He insisted it wasn’t due to the absence of Toni Rudiger, who was ruled out through injury.
“We conceded seven goals with Toni against Brentford and Real Madrid,” Tuchel said. “It’s not about individual players, it’s about defensive performance.
“You need to have the right tactics, which is doubtful if I had that right. You need the right team selection, also doubtful if I had that right. Then it’s a game for the players. They get all the praise when they do and they have to face the reality that it’s impossible to win games like this if you make so many mistakes of this caliber.
Andreas Christensen erred on Arsenal’s opening goal and failed to return after half-time. “He said he couldn’t go on,” Tuchel said. “I don’t replace a player for a mistake. The pitch is difficult to play here, maybe that sounds like an excuse but it’s a very difficult pitch here, not in our favour.
Tuchel insisted it was not due to the absence of Toni Rudiger, ruled out with injury last night
“The ball bounces very badly in front of Andreas but we still made the same mistake against Real Madrid which cost us the next round in the Champions League. This one cost us this game.
And Tuchel to continue: “Look at the penalty, an incredible goal on our ball possession. There is no tactic behind. We have three lost balls in 10 seconds then a fault where there is not even the slightest danger, and we deprive ourselves of six minutes perhaps for the equalizer.
“There is nothing to analyze. It must be something. But obviously it’s possible not to because we’ve proven it, and we thought we’d learned our lesson from Brentford and Real Madrid, but obviously not.
Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta was involved in an exchange with a Blues supporter after the game. “I wasn’t part of it,” Tuchel said. “I’ve seen it but, honestly, I can relate to the fan as well.”
A furious Cesar Azpilicueta was involved in a confrontation with a Chelsea supporter
He seemed to walk away from the situation but eventually went to confront the fan in the stands
Arsenal ended their rotting three-game losing streak in resounding style, with two goals from Eddie Nketiah either side of one from Emile Smith Rowe and a stoppage-time penalty scored by Bukayo Saka, his first on the spot since its failure when England lost the Euro. Final 2020 in shootout.
Mikel Arteta thought about sending substitute Alexandre Lacazette to take the penalty until he realized that Saka was about to take it and didn’t want to take away his chance of redemption.
“When I saw Bukayo was going to take him, my first thought was for him this summer and what happened,” Arteta said. “When it happened to Bukayo it happened for a reason and he learned so much and matured so much that’s why he has the season he has.
“I’m sure it was on his mind, it took a lot of character and courage.”
Bukayo Saka scored from the spot, his first since falling short as England lost the Euro 2020 final