Thomas Tuchel has slammed Chelsea’s performance in his side’s 1-0 Champions League defeat by Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday night, while he would not be drawn on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s debut.
The Blues dominated possession in Croatia but created few clear chances and were squandered at the break when Mislav Orsic ran behind Chelsea’s high defensive line early in the game before turning the ball past Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Since the first day of the Premier League season against Everton, Tuchel’s side have now kept a clean sheet, while the defeat in Zagreb is their third consecutive away defeat – the first time it has happened under the German manager.
Chelsea have also been beaten by Leeds and Southampton that season and have produced uninspiring performances in their three wins, with Tuchel again unhappy with what he was seeing of his players.
Asked about his side’s performance after the game, Tuchel told BT Sport: “Well it’s an underperformance from us.
“It’s a bit the same story as always, we have a good start, we don’t finish our half-chances, we don’t feel it when the game already goes to bed in the first 15-20 minutes and then we concede a counterattack that is way too easy and from there we fight and lose the next game.’
He reiterated this in his post-match press conference, saying: “I’m angry with myself, I’m angry with our performance. That was a huge underperformance from all of us.
“It’s not precise enough, it’s not clinical enough, it’s not aggressive enough on the ball, it’s not decisive enough, it’s not enough individually, it’s not enough as a team and that’s why we lost that game today.”
When asked what his biggest frustration with the performance was, Tuchel continued: “Too much to analyze. I’m part of it and we’re clearly not where we need to be and where we can be. So it’s up to me, it’s up to us, we have to find solutions.
When asked what is missing from his Chelsea side at the moment, he replied bluntly: “Everything is missing at the moment.”
When he was told that it looked as if his players had shrunk after conceding a goal, Tuchel did not contradict: “If it looks like that, it is difficult to argue against it. You can of course analyze it like this. Of course I have to find a solution for the next game.
“We’ve made some changes [for the second half]we encouraged them, we told them to play with more emotion, play harder, step up, but obviously it’s difficult for us at the moment.
‘It’s not enough. It has nothing to do with worry, it is reality.”
Aubameyang – who wore a face mask due to a broken jaw he sustained while breaking into his home – made his debut for Chelsea against Zagreb and had several half-scoring chances, even putting the ball into the net for the linesman’s flag to be pulled up will.
Despite some promising signs, Tuchel wasn’t in the mood to talk about the striker, saying of his new signing’s performance: “I’m not going to talk about individuals today. We play as a team, we lose as a team. That’s it.’
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