The German feels his gamers have to toughen up away from house (Footage: Getty)
Thomas Tuchel has slammed his Chelsea aspect’s defending and lack of resilience in Tuesday night time’s 2-1 defeat to Southampton, whereas he additionally hit again at criticism of his striker-less setup.
The west Londoners took the lead on the south coast after 23 minutes by way of Raheem Sterling however conceded an equaliser simply 5 minutes later when Romeo Lavia was left unmarked on the sting of the field from a nook.
A slick transfer from the hosts noticed Adam Armstrong hearth into the again of the web on the stroke of half-time and, in fact, it was Southampton who regarded extra possible so as to add to their tally within the second half.
Tuchel’s aspect have now dropped eight factors after simply 5 video games, additionally having suffered a humbling 3-0 defeat at Elland Highway, and he has slammed his gamers’ newest show saying it lacked combat.
‘We don’t have the reply to each query now so shortly after the match, however clearly we weren’t powerful sufficient to win these matches away,’ he stated at his post-match press convention.
‘It’s a bit the identical story as towards Leeds. In Leeds we thought the issue was that we didn’t rating within the first 20 or 25 minutes, after which they pushed us off steadiness with two objectives in two minutes and we couldn’t discover any solutions.
‘Immediately we scored, so clearly all the pieces was OK however one set-piece once more, one sloppy defending once more and we have been off steadiness and at this time we didn’t react to it.
Tuchel felt his aspect gave away two gentle objectives (Image: Getty)
‘We have been fortunate to not concede a 3rd purpose to start with of the second half. We weren’t powerful sufficient as a group to react or push it over the road for us, that’s how I see it.’
He added: ‘Gentle, gentle, gentle defending. There is no such thing as a want to present pictures away. Simply toughen up as a group and present a special mentality.’
Tuchel additionally snapped again at reporters when it was steered Chelsea may need lacked a focus up prime, feeling that his aspect’s lack of firepower was removed from the largest difficulty at St Mary’s.
‘No that is completely the unsuitable query to ask at this time,’ he responded when requested about Chelsea’s lack of an out-and-out quantity 9 previous to Armando Borja’s late introduction.
‘Defending these objectives has nothing to do with assault. We scored, we had possibilities, it was sufficient. We may have a clear sheet, we may keep at 1-1, all the pieces was OK.
‘However we’re not powerful sufficient as a group. It’s not a query of striker or no striker or no focus or no matter. That’s the unsuitable query for me in the mean time.’
When it was steered that Raheem Sterling labored exhausting up prime, Tuchel once more appeared irritated by the road of questioning and interrupted: ‘He’s a group participant however as a group we’re not robust sufficient in the mean time. Pointless. Unsuitable query.’
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