Tuchel: Chelsea’s defensive form ‘shows us that we were spoilt’

Jason Soutar
Thomas Tuchel speaking to Antonio Rudiger

Thomas Tuchel believes Chelsea’s dip in defensive form has proved “how hard it was” to reach their previous standard.

The Blues have conceded eight goals in their previous three matches in all competitions, with their last clean sheet coming in the 4-0 win over Juventus on November 23.

Tuchel’s side had only conceded ten in their 22 matches beforehand, and will look to get back to their old ways when they face Everton on Thursday.

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Ahead of the match at Stamford Bridge, the German head coach has insisted their recent form has ‘teached the team a lesson’.

“It shows us that we were spoilt,” Tuchel said (quotes via the Evening Standard). “It shows us how hard it was. It teaches us this lesson. Maybe we over-expect clean sheets.

“In the last three games we conceded eight goals. This is more concerning than not having a clean sheet, because for a clean sheet in these kind of competitions we play, you need luck, you need an extraordinary goalkeeper, you need a certain momentum.

“This is what we had in the beginning of the season. So, one goal is always possible, even if you do everything right, it is possible. But three, three and two is a bit too much.

“We are on it. It makes you appreciate how hard we worked before and what it takes to be so consistent in not conceding. It shows us how much the details matter. How much individual top level in every situation matters and hopefully we get this consistency in not conceding back into our game.”

He added: “I’m still confident that we can get back on track. Sometimes it’s maybe necessary to understand how much we worked and how hard it is to be consistent on that kind of level that we were at.”

Meanwhile, Italian outlet Tuttosport (as relayed by Sport Witness) are reporting that Chelsea are in “pole position” to sign Torino centre-back Gleison Bremer next summer.

It is stated that “it’s really England that is the next, perhaps imminent, destination” for Bremer. His contract is due to expire in 2023 so Torino are expected to be willing to sell him next summer.

Blues defenders Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva, Cesar Azpilcueta and Antonio Rudiger are all out of contract in 2022.