Thomas Tuchel ‘angry’ as Chelsea defeat blows top-four race wide open ahead of Man Utd vs Liverpool
"We were not sharp enough, not the same energy as usual. We are responsible, I am responsible,” said Thomas Tuchel after his Chelsea side lost 1-0 at home to Arsenal in the Premier League on Wednesday night. Liverpool have two games in hand over Chelsea and could move just one point behind the Blues if they win both.
Thomas Tuchel, Manager of Chelsea gives instructions to their side during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on May 12, 2021
"We were not sharp enough, not the same energy as usual. We are responsible, I am responsible, we are all in this together so it was not enough to win the game," Tuchel told BBC Sport.
A disappointed Tuchel, who will now prepare for an FA Cup final against Leicester on Saturday, added:
Bit angry that we had so many changes, that's on me, not so happy in the end with the line-up, but I didn't know what would happen, I didn't feel us today like I normally do and we can't expect to win games if we're not 100% in games. We didn't have a shot for almost the whole second half, then we had a big one, maybe we deserved this today, we learn something.
"I'm not happy with what I saw, I have my responsibility because I picked the line-up, but the performance was the performance."
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Chelsea defender Reece James added to Sky Sports: "We lost. We made a mistake which led to their goal and didn't take our chances. We only have ourselves to blame for the loss. On another day maybe the game goes differently.
"They're a good team and hard to break down. We had chances to score and put the game to bed.
"The games come thick and fast and the players come in and out. Everyone is at different fitness levels. We all put 100% in and we're going to get tired sometimes.
"It doesn't affect us in any way. We're still fighting to win very game. The loss doesn't affect us tonight.
"It's disappointing to lose but we can't take negativity into tomorrow's session."