Tuchel: Chelsea were punished for sloppy defending

2022-05-19 0 By

Thomas Tuchel admits his Chelsea players were “sloppy” as they were “punished” by Brentford on Saturday afternoon.The Blues took the lead early in the second half when Antonio Ruediger scored from distance.Vitaly Janelt struck back for Brentford before Christian Eriksen made it 2-1 in the 54th minute.Janerte added his second as bees won 4-1 at Stamford Bridge, with Visa scoring just before the end.The defeat ended Chelsea’s six-game winning streak in all competitions.Fourth-placed Arsenal will move two points closer to the Blues if they beat Crystal Palace on Monday night.Tuchel said after the defeat that his players “stopped defending” in the second half: “Nobody saw it coming, especially after going 1-0 up.This is very atypical for us.But we stopped defending.We were not aware of the danger and were sloppy in defence and were punished, “Tuchel told BBC Sport.”They made the most of it in 10 minutes.After their third goal we had 10 minutes and we had big chances but we missed them.They were lucky and calm enough to score three goals.We didn’t defend like we did in the Premier League and got punished.”It was not a surprise at the beginning because we had national teams from all over the world, so I expected it would take time.In the first 25 minutes we looked a bit leggy and needed to find a rhythm.”They have 10 men behind the ball so deep, so you need to make a shot or move to open up the game, and we did that.Then we gave it away at a very cheap price.”On how it affected Real Madrid’s midweek preparations: “It has nothing to do with Real Madrid.This is about us.Now we have a day off and we start again on Monday.”Brentford defender Rico Henry said eriksson was “on fire” afterwards: “We have a lot of legs and we work hard for each other.”Christian Eriksen is very good on the ball and has been excellent since he came into our dressing room.He’s on fire now and may it continue.”It’s a big win for us.It’s a good day for us.”