Thomas Tuchel couldn’t hide his frustration with Conor Gallagher as he lashed out at the midfielder on the touchline in Chelsea’s win over West Ham on Saturday.
Chelsea fell back at Stamford Bridge when Michail Antonio opened the scoring for West Ham but Tuchel’s men fought back to secure a 2-1 win with goals from Ben Chilwell and Kai Havertz.
West Ham were upset when they believed Maxwel Cornet’s late equalizer should have stood, but it was controversially ruled out for a foul on Edouard Mendy in the build-up.
Gallagher has struggled to make an impact since returning to Chelsea after his impressive spell on loan at Crystal Palace last season.
The 22-year-old was sent off in last week’s 2-1 win against Leicester City and subsequently missed Tuesday night’s defeat by Southampton.
Gallagher returned to the starting line-up for West Ham’s visit to Stamford Bridge but was brought on after just 60 minutes after struggling to make an impact.
At one moment in the first half, Tuchel made it clear he was unhappy with Gallagher’s performance as he vented his frustration at the midfielder’s failure to find a pass.
Discussing Chelsea’s performance after the game, Tuchel admitted West Ham’s style made it difficult for their players to develop.
“I see that all the time when I analyze West Ham and that’s what they do. They put you under power, they make the game slow and they make it difficult to speed up the game to find the open spaces,” said Tuchel.
“When you find the open spaces, it’s only for a brief moment – or in spaces where you can’t get dangerous.
“They do. They defend with body, discipline and physicality. It’s hard to create chances, half-chances and deliveries. And it’s almost impossible to come back when they’re ahead. So the task became more and more difficult for us.
“We haven’t played with perhaps the greatest faith and confidence given the recent results and I can understand that.
“Nobody was mad at our players. I wasn’t angry. I told them to keep believing and to have a better understanding of where we might be creating overload.
“But like I said, it’s hard to play a really attractive game against them because they do what they do at the highest level. To turn things around, we might have had to go down on goals and have nothing left to lose.
“We wanted to restart the season today and we did. Hopefully the way we did it and the impact off the bench will give us back the faith and confidence we need to play at our highest level.
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