‘ANGRY’ Thomas Tuchel has revealed how he gave his Chelsea side their back-to-back home defeats.
The Blues were stunned last weekend as Brentford beat them 4-1 at Stamford Bridge.
Then they were blown away by Karim Benzema’s hat-trick for Real Madrid on Wednesday in the Champions League.
Chelsea still remain five points ahead of fourth-placed Arsenal in the hunt for a top-four finish.
But boss Tuchel will be keen to get back on winning ways in Southampton tomorrow.
And he’s hoping an open team meeting to assuage his frustration after Thursday’s practice session helped clear the air and get his boys back on track.
Today Tuchel said: “It was not a discussion event. Rather, I have stated my point of view, which is sometimes necessary.
“We take players’ opinions very seriously and often take them into account, but after the last two games we felt that we had to speak our minds, but behind closed doors in an atmosphere where everyone can take criticism.
“I feel involved in such a development. We don’t point the finger and we don’t look for culprits.
“We’re in this together but we’ve had to point out some things we’re not happy with, like our defence. It was about the game.”
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Tuchel continues: “It was about offensive principles in our game that we lack.
“Unfortunately and surprisingly, we lacked structure in the last game, which is usually a big strength. That was not the case.
“That was a big problem. We lacked rhythm and attack repetition as well as offensive and positional discipline.
“That was a big disadvantage in counterpressing because we weren’t where we were supposed to be.
“That was more or less what we saw and we found out in detail. It’s not about general criticism, it’s about details and situations and about trusting the players.
“I love the players and the group and I love being involved and I think together we can do better.
“I hope so and we have many reasons to believe so. There are many reasons that can lead to such things. It’s very bad timing and it kind of came out of nowhere.
“No one was here and then we started losing games and conceding goals. But it is a challenge and it is up to us to find solutions.
“We can’t worry too much, just refocus, keep our faith, stick together and digest it.”
Tuchel has suffered setbacks before with Chelsea but it was the way his side scored seven goals in their two defeats that seems to have hurt him the most.
He added: “There are different types of reactions. We suffered a defeat against Liverpool but we were happy with the performance so the feeling afterwards is different from Real and Brentford because I felt like we missed a huge opportunity.
“It’s not normal to play that kind of game and we weren’t at our level so we were angry. For me, it’s best to say it the way it is, not to hide.
“I had to face you and I wasn’t good at hiding my feelings because I felt like we were so below our level and that was one of the worst moments for that.
“I know how much better we can be and how out of character this performance is that caused my reaction.
“I don’t know if it’s a turning point. You have to take care of the process, explain your reactions. I think the players understand that and can deal with it when the manager is angry.
“I’ve stated my reasons, no one will lack love and appreciation for how they are as a player, but sometimes you have to deal with it.”
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