Thomas Tuchel’s side dropped points against Brighton and missed the opportunity to leapfrog Leicester city in the table after a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge. The Blues were far from their usual best, and were lucky to nick a point after Brighton missed a couple of glorious opportunities to win the game.
Adam Lallana dragged his effort wide and Danny Welbeck hit the post in the second half as Chelsea struggled to create any meaningful attacks throughout the game. The kickoff was delayed by 15 minutes after Chelsea supporters took to the streets to vent their anger on the club’s decision to join European Super League. The protesters blocked team buses from entering the stadium, as Chelsea legend Petr Cech pleaded with the fans to calm down and let them in.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the game Thomas Tuchel insisted Chelsea’s poor performance was not completely related to ESL. The German added “It is not necessary to talk about it [the ESL distraction] it. It was there, we have to accept the distraction.“
“We just couldn’t find our best game today. Not tough at all because for me the situation was not clear. I was informed like you were informed and no, it was not so tough. Maybe strange. It’s like you prepare a match, something very strange then happens, then you feel it in the days before the match.”
“It was not our best game, our opponents defended well and we were not in the usual rhythm we play. It was clearly not our best day. We could not create any chances today, problems with decision making after they made some mistakes. We have to accept we were not good enough.”
“We are clearly tired, several travels, tough matches and we suffered a little bit from the strong lineup at Wembley, we suffered. The guys couldn’t find the rhythm, structure for counter pressing.”
The Chelsea Head Coach praised Brighton for their performance and said “They were very strong, they are a very underrated team if you only look at the pitch. They deserve a lot more points than they have. They have a unique style of playing that makes it hard to create chances.”
“We couldn’t find the answers. We weren’t good enough in counter moments, not precise enough after ball losses, we didn’t create too many moments in counter pressing. That’s why it was a tough match, we were a bit tired mentally and physically, but credit to Brighton for having a strong defensive performance. We had two, three mistakes and could’ve lost the game.“