'Interesting to hear’: Pat Nevin reacts after what he's heard Tuchel saying after Chelsea's defeat to Brentford

Pat Nevin responded in a typically tongue-in-cheek fashion to Thomas Tuchel’s remarks following Chelsea’s loss to Brentford last weekend.

Writing for the club website, Nevin admitted that Tuchel’s ‘don’t panic’ plea was intriguing, to say the least.

Many managers would set off the alarms after a 4-1 defeat at home to a fellow capital city rival, just days before a huge European tie.

Fortunately, Tuchel is not like many other managers.

Unfortunately, his side are still hurting from the 4-1 humbling they received at the hands of Brentford on Saturday.

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Calm and composed

Chelsea’s preparation for tomorrow’s Champions League encounter against Real Madrid couldn’t have gone much worse.

Thomas Frank’s plucky travelling team scored three times in ten minutes to pretty much seal the tie in the second half.

His namesake accepted the manner of the result, but didn’t let it phase him where others might’ve lost their cool.

“I don’t think we will do crazy stuff now, give crazy speeches or whatever,” said Tuchel in his post-match interviews.

“We do what we need to do to prepare for the next match as good as possible.”

This is exactly the kind of composure Chelsea need as they gear up for a potentially mighty contest with Madrid at Stamford Bridge in slightly over 24 hours.

“It was interesting to hear Thomas Tuchel delivering the ‘Don’t Panic’ speech after the home defeat to Brentford,” wrote Nevin.

“There was more of a cool Douglas Adams in The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy vibe about his demeanour than a Corporal Jones from Dad’s Army attitude.

“Apologies to anyone under a certain age for the analogy, but it means he wasn’t in a panic himself when he said Don’t Panic.”

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Tuchel always knows what to say

Although the former winger’s comparison may go straight over the head of some, his message is clear: if Tuchel isn’t fazed, then why should we be?  

The German coach will of course be concerned by the manner of Chelsea’s latest set-back, but not to the extent everything needs to be flipped on its head.

Score lines like the Brentford one happen every so often to every elite club.

For the Blues, it regrettably occurred at a very inconvenient time, with doubt now cast over their upcoming European event.

Best go prove everybody wrong then, boys.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.