Thomas Tuchel Launches Harsh Assessment Of Why Chelsea Lost To Southampton

Thomas Tuchel

Thomas Tuchel criticized his team’s “weak defense” after Chelsea’s loss to Southampton at St. Mary’s. 

The Blues lost 2-1 despite scoring the game’s first goal, and neither Romeo Lavia’s nor Adam Armstrong’s goals earned them any praise.

Perhaps Cesar Azpilicueta pushed the ball out for a corner kick too easily before his extended clearance landed at Lavia’s feet. ‘

The Saints star was given ample time to line up his shot and tie the game.

Chelsea failed to exert sufficient pressure on the ball in the buildup to Armstrong’s game-winning goal, contributing to an overall lackluster performance.

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In the first five games of the Premier League season, Tuchel’s team has battled to find its rhythm, while Chelsea is already able to discern patterns.

The Blues boss said: “Obviously we’re not tough enough to win these matches at the moment, away. It was the same story at Leeds. At Leeds, the problem was that we did not score in the first 20-25 minutes, and they pushed us off balance in two minutes with two goals.

” We could not find any answers. We thought we at least had answers in the first few minutes of the second half.

“Today, we scored, so obviously, everything was okay, but one set-piece again. One sloppy defending again. Then we are off balance, and today we did not react to it, we were lucky not to concede a third goal. We were not tough enough as a team to react or push it over the line for us.”

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He went on to add: “Soft, soft, soft defending. What stops that? Pure mentality, stop it by pure mentality. Spot it with defending intelligently. There is no superiority for the opponent, there is no need to give shots away, there is no need. Just toughen up.

“As a team, show a different mentality. It’s my assessment today, I don’t like to talk about it normally because you cannot prove it with data, or the body position or the tactical position in the field. It’s like this. Both goals are cheap goals, soft goals and should not happen if you expect to win a Premier League match on an evening in an away stadium.”

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