Thomas Tuchel tells Chelsea stars what they must improve after Man City defeat
Thomas Tuchel has told his Chelsea stars where they need to improve after defeat to Manchester City.
The Blues had enjoyed an excellent start to the season, and they were one of the pacesetters heading into last weekend, but they suffered a home defeat to potential title rivals Manchester City.
While it’s still early in the season and Chelsea are still only goal difference behind City, the defeat was a potentially costly one, and one that the Blues must learn from.
That’s according to Tuchel, who has detailed just how his side were picked off by Pep Guardiola’s men at Stamford Bridge.
“We don’t care against who we play, we do our thing and we need to be better,” Tuchel told the official website.
“It’s about making opponents underperform. City did this to us, they had high ball wins. We talked about the high pressing but with our decision-making, I never felt fully confident we would escape the pressure with short passes. I never felt fully confident when we decided to go for long balls.
“We have Romelu upfront who we can put long balls into, but without that genuine belief and confidence, and also without the moments where you really hurt your opponent, it gets more and more difficult, and this is how the game went on Saturday.
“When we escaped the pressure, which was hard enough, we took bad decisions in playing into our strikers. When we played it into our strikers, they took bad decisions in the first contact and lost the ball.
“So you lose more and more belief and it was simply not a good enough performance to deserve more.”
That’s a fair assessment from Tuchel whose team simply weren’t good enough against City, conceding a number of good chances.
It is the first real chink of armour we have seen from Chelsea, but it’s clear they have the talent to turn things around and every manager would rather these defeats came early in the season.