Tuchel admits Chelsea made 'big mistakes'

  • by Staff Writer
  • Saturday, 4th December 2021

Chelsea's German manager Thomas Tuchel is not used to being asked to explain a defeat.

Until this afternoon only Manchester City had bested the west London side this season. Yet Tuchel claimed his team's defeat in Stratford this lunchtime was largely their own doing.

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"We make big mistakes that lead to big chances that lead to easy goals," he said during his post-match press conference.

"We've done this now in three matches against Man United, Watford and today. If you do that at this kind of level, you can't expect to have a [positive] result.

"We are not good enough on the details at the moment. We make too many big mistakes and have to care about the details, but there is no need to ask questions or start doubting the big picture.

"This is a game, when you play West Ham, about the details. I can only repeat myself: without making big mistakes, there is a big chance we'd have won this game.

"We have crucial ball losses in situations where you simply cannot have them, if you want clean sheets and to dominate games."

And Tuchel refused to make excuses for his team's performance by rejecting suggestions that his team were suffering from fatigue.

"If you want to protect against counter attacks it is impossible to make these kinds of mistakes, three times in a row," he added. "it is simply too much and we cannot make excuses that we are tired.

"It is absolutely normal to be tired through the Premier League in winter. It is a question of precision, details, risk management, where you take it and where you absolutely don't.

"If you invite a team like West Ham into your own box, into the last 20 metres by giving the ball away, then you are in trouble."

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