Tuchel reveals Chelsea’s biggest season setback


Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has revealed that his side’s Premier League 1-0 defeat against Arsenal on May 12 was their biggest setback this season.

Tuchel believes Chelsea’s defeat to Arsenal was more of a setback than the loss to Leicester City in the FA Cup final over the weekend as the Blues aim to recover from back-to-back defeats.

Chelsea lost to the Gunners at Stamford Bridge last Wednesday with a team that showed seven changes from the previous win against Manchester City at Etihad.

Tuchel brought back four players for the showpiece game against Leicester in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium last Saturday, but the same result occurred – a 1-0 defeat.

“I was more worried and angry about our performance against Arsenal as I had the feeling we were not sharp enough and on point,” Tuchel said at his pre-match press conference on Monday ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Leicester City on Tuesday night.

“We didn’t reach the level to bring us a victory. That wasn’t the case in the [FA Cup] final [against Leicester]. If we bring out the same performance as in the final, the same work rate and energy, and improve with details in the match, we are able to win games.

“The result is not always reliable or logically. While we won the data against Arsenal, certain energy, focus and determination were missing. Then we speak to the team and that is what we got in the FA Cup final.

“We can win the same match if we are luckier and have precision in front of goal. We are fighting hard to get the momentum back and have another clean sheet. The margins are so tight in football for wins and losses.

“It’s easy to handle your self-confidence when you win, but nobody needs to be afraid of the situation.”

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