Tuchel struggles to make case for the defence as Chelsea flirt with chaos | Jacob Steinberg

Chelsea need a rethink – the mess against Arsenal did not come out of the blue and Thomas Tuchel knows it

As a measure of how badly the night went for Chelsea nothing summed it up more than Thomas Tuchel blaming his side’s latest shoddy defensive display on the state of the Stamford Bridge turf. “It is a very difficult pitch we have here,” Tuchel said as his thoughts turned to Andreas Christensen setting Arsenal on their way to victory by handing Eddie Nketiah the opening goal with a comical shank. “It is not to our favour and the ball bounces very, very awkwardly when the ball bounces to Andreas.”

It was certainly a creative way for Chelsea’s manager to explain a third consecutive hammering at home. Privately, though, Tuchel knew Chelsea had lost because they were outplayed and outrun by Arsenal. The German looked at himself and asked questions. Had he picked the right starting XI? Tuchel suspected that Arsenal would want it more but he did not adjust his lineup accordingly and was unable to influence the game once it became clear that Chelsea were intent on contributing to their own downfall.

Continue reading…Chelsea need a rethink – the mess against Arsenal did not come out of the blue and Thomas Tuchel knows itAs a measure of how badly the night went for Chelsea nothing summed it up more than Thomas Tuchel blaming his side’s latest shoddy defensive display on the state of the Stamford Bridge turf. “It is a very difficult pitch we have here,” Tuchel said as his thoughts turned to Andreas Christensen setting Arsenal on their way to victory by handing Eddie Nketiah the opening goal with a comical shank. “It is not to our favour and the ball bounces very, very awkwardly when the ball bounces to Andreas.”It was certainly a creative way for Chelsea’s manager to explain a third consecutive hammering at home. Privately, though, Tuchel knew Chelsea had lost because they were outplayed and outrun by Arsenal. The German looked at himself and asked questions. Had he picked the right starting XI? Tuchel suspected that Arsenal would want it more but he did not adjust his lineup accordingly and was unable to influence the game once it became clear that Chelsea were intent on contributing to their own downfall. Continue reading…Read MoreFootball | The Guardian

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