Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was left seething after his side gave away a cheap goal in their 1-0 defeat at Juventus in the Champions League. It’s now back-to-back defeats for the Blues after they slumped to a 1-0 defeat against title rivals Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday.
Federico Chiesa’s goal just 11 seconds into the second half was enough to condemn Tuchel’s side to open up a three-point lead at the top of Group H.
Chelsea dominated proceedings in Turin but failed to find a way past a resolute Juve defence.
Despite managing 16 attempts on goal compared to Juve’s six, they only recorded one that was on target – the same as their hosts.
And Tuchel wasn’t happy following his side’s sloppy start to the second half which ultimately cost them the game.
It is impossible in this kind of level to concede a goal like this in the first seconds of the second half when you know what’s coming and you have defensive organisation like we have. We got punished for it,” said the Blues boss.
I didn’t feel us fresh today mentally. We were in training yesterday. Today it was not like this. I don’t know why. If you need any proof, look at the two ball losses in the first half and the cheap goal we gave away.
We had ball possession, high recoveries but two crucial ball losses. You can’t have this on this kind of level. We struggled to create our own rhythm and find our own intensity. It is not easy.
Chelsea had looked unstoppable following a ruthlessly efficient start to the season both in the Premier League and in Europe.
Tuchel admitted that he was expecting a reaction from his side after they were outwitted by Manchester City at Stamford Bridge just days before their crunch clash with Juve – but was left disappointed.
“We had a day off and two very good training sessions yesterday. We were absolutely sharp, looked very fresh and very hungry, and ready for a bounce back,” he added. “It’s very difficult to put on a high rhythm against a team who defends so deep.
“If we defended deep against City it was difficult for them to create chances. It was the same for us here. But the difference was we gave two big chances and gave the belief back into the stadium.”