Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has admitted that he failed to do what was expected of him in their 1-0 Champions League defeat to Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday.
It was a third consecutive loss for the Blues in games that they were expected to win.
Tuchel’s men have failed to keep a clean sheet for six games in a row and their attack was as uninspiring despite high-profile signings’ presence.
Even Tuchel himself lost for words during his post-match interview as he reiterated that he shares some of the blame.
“I don’t know…” the manager told Chelsea TV when asked how he expects his team to respond after the defeat.
“It’s a clear underperformance. I’m here to make them overperform, so it’s on me, I take responsibility.
“This is not what we want, this is not who we are. Individually and as a team, it’s not good enough.”
During his press conference, Tuchel added that he did not expect such a poor performance from his team based on what he saw in training sessions.
“I thought that the last game helped us, we showed a reaction in a very difficult moment against West Ham,” the German explained (via the club’s official website).
“We were lucky in a situation where you need a little bit of luck, and we had good training sessions.
“I thought the team were prepared.”
This is clearly not a one-off, however, considering their recent performance, so Tuchel will have plenty of work ahead of Saturday’s derby against Fulham.
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