Chelsea: Tuchel's frank assessment after loss to West Brom
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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel angrily singled out Kurt Zouma and Jorginho for their shortcomings as part of a scathing review of his side’s 5-2 defeat at the hands of West Bromwich Albion on Saturday afternoon, according to reports. The Baggies are in deep trouble at the foot of the Premier League table and have failed to impress throughout the campaign, but turned on the style at Stamford Bridge to hand Tuchel his first defeat since taking over from Frank Lampard in January.
The Blues took an early lead through Christian Pulisic but were reduced to ten men inside 30 minutes when Thiago Silva was dismissed for second bookable offence.
Chelsea then conceded two goals in first-half stoppage time to surrender their advantage before the visitors raced ahead after the interval.
Mason Mount scored with 19 minutes remaining to give his side a glimmer of hope at 4-2, but the damage had already been done and Callum Robinson’s last-gasp strike for West Brom poured cold water on any hopes of a remarkable comeback.
The result did little to please Tuchel, who had worked hard to address his side’s defensive issues since taking charge, before seeing their progress undone with a hapless showing against Sam Allardyce’s men.
A tense training ground meeting followed Saturday’s match in which the German boss repeatedly criticised Zouma and Jorginho for their role in the defeat, according to The Athletic.
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The report states that Tuchel unpacked Chelsea’s performance on Sunday by reviewing a number of clips with the squad from the encounter at Stamford Bridge.
However, no player was invited to contribute to the analysis, with the Blues squad watching in silence as Tuchel tore into their performance.
A source is quoted as saying: “Watching it all back was a horror show. Tuchel was saying things like, ‘this is unacceptable, we shouldn’t be giving goals like this away, what happened to the defence here?’”
It is claimed that although a number of errors made by Zouma and Jorginho ‘were particularly highlighted on occasion’, every player in the room bore the brunt of their manager’s fury.
After the final whistle on Saturday, Tuchel was in a reflective mood, admitting that the humiliating result came as a significant reminder that Chelsea’s progress under his leadership is far from complete.
“After the red card we were not able to cope with the situation, I don’t know why but it was like this,” he told BT Sport immediately after the match.
“We gave away very easy goals just before half-time. But in the second half, what could go wrong went wrong and we have to accept a big loss today.
“Hopefully it’s a big-wake up call for all of us, me included. We will get the right response because this is sport and this is absolutely necessary.
“First of all, it’s important we digest it, because it’s a lot to digest, I did not see it coming. Now we have to take our responsibilities, me included, and shake it off and continue tomorrow.”
Chelsea are preparing to face Porto over 180 minutes for a place in the last four of the Champions League, with their first-leg clash set for the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan in Seville on Wednesday evening.
An improved performance will be desperately needed in order for the Blues to progress, with their Portuguese opponents buoyed by their impressive and dramatic victory over Juventus in the previous round of the competition.
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