Chelsea lost ground in the race to top four after Arsenal defeated them 1-0 at Stamford Bridge following a defensive mistake from Jorginho. The Blues hit the crossbar twice in the space of two seconds, but couldn’t find a way to breach the Arsenal defence.
The defeat hands Liverpool an opportunity to reduce the gap to fourth-placed Chelsea to just one point should they win both their matches. West Ham could also close the gap to three points by winning their match in hand.
Speaking to reporters after the defeat, Thomas Tuchel took responsibility for the defeat and lamented on his team selection. The Chelsea Head Coach added “It is totally our fault, nobody else’s. We lost the game, it is totally our responsibility.”
“We had huge chances. We made more or less an own goal a total gift. Overall we were not sharp enough, we could not put up the same intensity as usual. Maybe it was too many changes from last match, and I take full responsibility for that.“
“Maybe it is the last wake-up call for all of us. I felt it a little bit coming in training yesterday and I am a bit unlucky that it is proven today on the pitch. I regret, but it is like this, we could have, we could have, we could have but we didn’t.”
“It is not on the schedule. We had three days, we had a good run and were in a good mood, but the choices were not so good on my side for the line-up so this is on me. We were unlucky but we did everything today to lose. I’m not happy with my line-up, I should not have done it like this. It is something in particular but I will not tell you!.“
Chelsea defender Reece James expressed his disappointment after the defeat and said “We made a mistake to lead to the goal and didn’t take our chances. We only have ourselves to look at for the loss, though on another day maybe the game goes differently.”
“We had chances to put the game to bed early on, it was our own fault. The games come thick and fast, players come in and out, we all put in 100 percent, and you need to understand we’re going to get bad sometimes.”
“It doesn’t affect us in any way, we are still fighting to win every game, and win every competition we’re in. Obviously it’s disappointing to lose, but we can’t take negativity into tomorrow’s session or days going forward.”