Thomas Tuchel insists “the average looks horrible when you play for Chelsea” after the Blues conceded six goals in two games against West Ham and Zenit as he admits his side have to come back “to the essential “before the Leeds clash
- Chelsea have lost their heads four times and conceded six goals in their last two games
- Zenit St Petersburg scored a late equalizer to push Chelsea to second in Group H
- Chelsea led twice against West Ham but suffered a 3-2 loss in the league
- Blues boss Thomas Tuchel insisted they were unlucky but should “not look away”
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admitted he was concerned about his side’s last three performances after repeatedly letting his lead slip away and insisted they had to get back to basics.
The Blues lost 3-2 to West Ham in the Premier League last Saturday after taking the lead twice before the break thanks to Thiago Silva and Mason Mount.
It was the first time Chelsea have conceded more than one goal this season and the result knocked them off the top of the table.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel insisted his side need to get back to basics after conceding six
The German side went on to concede another three points midweek in a 3-3 draw against Zenit St Petersburg in the Champions League.
The manager claimed Chelsea’s ‘average’ performances were not good enough for the top level as he called on them to rally ahead of their clash with Leeds on Saturday.
“The performances are not bad or horrible, but they are average and average looks terrible when you play for Chelsea,” he said.
âIt’s good when it’s like that because we’re trying to compete at the highest level.
Blues boss (center) said his team’s ‘average’ displays were horrendous for Chelsea
Magomed Ozdoyev (bottom left) scored a late equalizer for Zenit St Petersburg midweek
“If you’ve been leading four times in two games and come off with a point and six goals conceded, now is not the time to look away and pretend nothing has happened.
âWe cannot abandon the subjects when we have the head. The last two games were very unusual for us.
âWe were also unlucky in those moments as the last two goals we conceded might not have been the ones you usually concede.
âIt’s a return to basics and basics at the highest level. We are in the same boat. We realize that now is not the time to worry too much, but also not to look away. ‘
West Ham’s late effort doomed Chelsea to a 3-2 defeat at London Stadium
The Blues also struggled to snatch the league three points against Watford last week, securing a 2-1 win thanks to Hakim Ziyech after letting their lead over Emmanuel Dennis’ goal just before the break.
“I had a feeling we weren’t ready to play at Watford and match their intensity,” Tuchel said. “We got away with a win and managed to grow to an acceptable level.”
Tuchel has confirmed that the Chelsea side remain decimated after a string of injuries with Trevoh Chalobah, N’Golo Kante and Ben Chilwell all sidelined, while Matteo Kovacic tested positive for Covid.
The German will be deprived of N’Golo Kante (second from R) and Mateo Kovacic (L)
But the Blues boss has received a boost as Chelsea prepare to welcome Marcelo Bielsa’s side to Stamford Bridge.
He revealed that Jorginho had trained in the last two sessions and that he would “play through the pain” on Saturday.
Tuchel also had a positive update on Kante, revealing, “You can’t find a second N’Golo so of course we’re worried. It’s probably still too long a break and we hope he comes back to it. team training Tuesday.