You may have spent nearly € 300 million on the market, but nothing guarantees you XXL performance. This bitter experience, Chelsea is living it. Sixth in the Premier League standings, already five points behind the leader, the club coached by Thomas Tuchel had regained their colors after the victory against West Ham. The German therefore hoped to see his flock continue in the Champions League with a trip to Zagreb that was anything but insurmountable.
However, faced with a team that has long been talked about for chaining group stage losses, the Blues were surprised. Beaten 1-0, the 2021 European champions will have to react against Salzburg and Milan. Can they do it? Uncertainty is a must as Thiago Silva’s teammates show an obvious lack of character. What former Liverpool forward Peter Crouch said last night. On paper, Chelsea are a much better side than Zagreb, but they had neither mind nor character and Zagreb crushed them in that area tonight. When you lose away from home it’s a question of mentality and character, there are too many players in this Chelsea team that you can’t take your hat off. “he said into the microphone of BT Sport.
“I’m angry with myself”
But what about Thomas Tuchel’s reaction. At the press conference, the German coach looked bad. “Of course I’m angry with myself, I’m angry with our performance. This is a huge underperformance from all of us. We lacked precision, we weren’t clinical, we weren’t aggressive enough on the ball, we lacked determination, it’s not enough individually and collectively. And that’s why we lost this match today (yesterday) “he said, before explaining why he personally blames himself.
“Because I hadn’t seen it coming. Obviously, I was in the wrong movie. I didn’t see it coming. I think the last game (2-1 win against West Ham) helped us. I think we showed a reaction at a very difficult time against West Ham. We showed a reaction and we got a result. We were lucky when you needed it. We had good training, I thought the team was ready. I thought we knew what to expect. But I didn’t see it coming, which is why I’m mad at myself. “ And given the budget dedicated to the transfer market, it goes without saying that his management is waiting for a reaction.