Thomas Tuchel blames Chelsea’s frustrating draw at Brighton on Manchester City defeat… as Blues boss admits ’emotions took over’ as they lost further ground on champions and Liverpool
- Chelsea sit 12 points behind Manchester City having played a game more
- The Blues lost at the Etihad before a sluggish display saw them draw at Brighton
- Thomas Tuchel insists there has not been a long-term issue with attitude
- And German is convinced they ‘should not make a big deal out of’ Amex display
Thomas Tuchel believes Chelsea’s defeat at Manchester City contributed to emotions taking over in their disappointing draw at Brighton.
The Blues now sit 12 points behind the Premier League champions in the table after Kevin De Bruyne’s winner last weekend was compounded by Adam Webster cancelling out Hakim Ziyech’s goal at the Amex.
Pep Guardiola’s men have played a game fewer than Tuchel’s side, but the German insists that ‘frustration’ and ‘disappointment’ following their performance at the Etihad Stadium could have plays its part in them losing further ground on City and Liverpool against Graham Potter’s outfit.
Thomas Tuchel believes Chelsea defeat at Manchester City contributed to emotions taking over at Brighton
Chelsea suffered defeat at Manchester City last weekend after Kevin De Bruyne’s winner
Asked if there had been an issue with mindset and attitude over the last couple of games, Tuchel said: ‘Not for a couple matches, just for the match in Brighton.
‘We had a couple of good matches before and a couple of good results. If we did not have the results, the match was good and the mindset and attitude was always on the level where it needs to be.
‘But after the loss against Manchester City, the gap opened up enormously for us and playing two days later, I could see and feel, from myself and the team that some emotions took over.
‘Maybe frustration, maybe disappointment, and it was hard for us on that particular day to reach our top level.
That was then compounded by a 1-1 stalemate at Brighton in a sluggish performance
‘We did not expect we would play an overwhelming, exciting game because there is a very strong opponent that has a certain style of play and that makes you underperform sometimes.
‘It was the very first time so when it happens for the first time, we should not make a big deal out of it and we had our two days off to prepare for Sunday.’
Tuchel’s men will now look for their first top-flight victory since Boxing Day when they welcome Tottenham and former boss Antonio Conte to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
The Blues have already beaten Spurs twice this month, winning 2-0 at home in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final before a 1-0 victory at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium a week later.
Tuchel’s men are looking for their first league win since Boxing Day against Antonio Conte’s Tottenham