Chelsea were flying sky high before the international break took place and everyone expected them to continue their impressive form against the relegation side, West Bromwich Albion. However, things took an unexpected turn and the Blues found themselves down by a goal by the end of the first half. By the end of the game, the Blues had been thoroughly beaten by Sam Allardyce’s men and Thomas Tuchel could not justify the result in the post-match interview.
Chelsea lost the game 5-2, a scoreline which no one could have predicted before the match. The London side started out quite well as well and it looked like they were on the path to a routine victory after the first goal scored by Christian Pulisic. However, shortly after that, Thiago Silva conceded a second yellow card and was sent off before the half-hour mark. The Baggies took control of the game after that and proceeded to dismantle the Blues defense and put five past Eduardo Mendy.
Chelsea boss lost for words after an embarrassing defeat at home.
Tuchel was absolutely shocked by the end of the game and could not find words to explain the colossal drop in form. He claimed that the team was too emotional after the loss and it would not be productive to interpret the game now as it would not lead to anywhere. Instead, he wants the player and himself to calm down before reflecting on the performance. He told the reporters,
It will be a hard afternoon for everybody I think, a hard evening. We were the first to start this matchday and we had completely different plans, so we have to accept it now.”
“It is our first loss together. It is important to find a way to deal with it together, and that everyone knows what I feel as a part of it.”
“There were some quick words to calm everybody down and to delay the talks until tomorrow because now it is too emotional, [there] is too much frustration. It is not productive.” – Source Goal
Thus, Chelsea’s impenetrable defense has been brought down in quite a fashion. The team cannot dwell on the loss for too long though as they have a UEFA Champions League match against Porto in the mid-week and they will have to be at their very best to take down the Portuguese side. They will also be looking to bounce back from the defeat and what better way to do it than winning in the European league. The FA Cup and Champions League are still up for grabs and the Blues must find their feet again if they want to avoid another trophy-less season.
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