Thomas Tuchel is baffled by the strange performance of his Chelsea team in their 1-0 defeat to Juventus in the Champions League. This was the second consecutive loss for the Champions League winners following their loss against Manchester City by the same margin last weekend. Tuchel said he was not sure why the team underperformed so badly in the Champions League. They managed just a single shot at the Allianz Stadium despite the fact that they had 70 percent possession.
“I think we started not sharp enough. We struggled to create our own rhythm and intensity because they were so deep and passive. We were lacking runs. We were so good in training yesterday and not good enough, not free enough today. I don’t know why,” Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel said. “I felt we were a bit slow and tired, mentally slow, decision-making. That’s why it’s a strange one to analyze. 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.”
“Manchester City scored from a set-piece with a deflected shot against us. Sometimes you need this. If a team defends deep, it’s hard to find your own rhythm,” Tuchel added. “We were lacking runners. Once we started to do other things, we made mistakes and that cost us a bit of belief. A shooting problem. If we don’t shoot, they cannot be on target. If you play against a deep block like today, it’s hard to take shots.”