Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel has pulled no punches in his evaluation of the slim victory over Watford on Wednesday night time, labelling his facet “sloppy” and admitting the Blues “stole three factors”.
The Hornets swarmed Chelsea from minute one at Vicarage Street, coming extremely near taking the lead twice within the opening 5 minutes by way of Joao Pedro and a cross that deflected off Cesar Azpilicueta.
A 35-minute suspension in play as a consequence of a medical emergency within the crowd didn’t derail the house facet’s method, and so they remained on the entrance foot even after Mason Mount gave Chelsea the lead towards the run of play.
The equaliser arrived shortly earlier than half-time, as Emmanuel Dennis squeezed a shot by way of Antonio Rudiger’s legs and into the underside nook after Ruben Loftus-Cheek was robbed of possession in midfield.
Nonetheless, regardless of being the inferior facet all through, substitute Hakim Ziyech popped as much as win the sport for the guests with simply over quarter-hour remaining as Watford’s depth lastly relented.
Talking in his post-match press convention, the character of the victory was not misplaced on Tuchel, who lamented his facet’s show.
“We had been very sloppy,” he mentioned. “It was a really uncommon efficiency from us. We weren’t prepared. I’m concerned in that, I’ve to get the crew prepared and put together them for what’s coming. For the primary time, we had been utterly underperforming as a crew. We didn’t cope effectively with the primary balls, the strain, the second balls.
“It’s one factor to win or lose challenges, however we didn’t even discover them. We had the possibility to talk about it within the break, and once more at half-time. We tried to provide straightforward messages as a result of it was apparent we struggled within the build-up. We would have liked to do the fundamentals higher and alter the mentality.”
The German continued: “We tried. I don’t assume I used to be too crucial with the gamers, simply analytical. We’re additionally crucial with ourselves. We are able to admit we had been fortunate to win this sport. I gained’t focus lengthy on this match as a result of we play once more on Saturday.
“There are some causes it wasn’t straightforward. Watford performed with plenty of enthusiasm and we struggled with the fundamentals. We’re on this collectively and we obtained a fortunate win at this time. We stole three factors.
“The objective from Mason didn’t actually assist us to search out the grip and develop into the sport. We conceded. We had been attempting to affect the sport from the bench with offensive modifications.
“We misplaced factors towards Burnley and Man United. It was 1-1 and we tried to infuse some braveness with offensive modifications. We hoped perhaps the house would open up if Watford continued to assault so bravely with excessive quantity eights.”
The slim victory means Chelsea stay prime of the Premier League by a single level. They might have slipped to 3rd had they drawn.
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