Thomas Tuchel criticizes Chelsea’s defense and mentality after defeat to Southampton | football news

Thomas Tuchel criticized his Chelsea players for “not being tough enough” and their “soft defence” after losing 2-1 at Southampton.

Chelsea fell to their second loss of the season when Romeo Lavia and Adam Armstrong pulled off a stunning first-half turn after Raheem Sterling’s opening goal.

The Blues have performed inconsistently in their first five games, taking just seven points, leaving them in eighth place and languishing in pace with the top four.

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And Tuchel didn’t hold back with his assessment of their latest setback on the road, saying: “We’re not strong enough to win these away games. It was the same story at Leeds, there we thought the problem was that we didn’t score. in the first 25 minutes and then they unbalanced us in two minutes with two goals and we couldn’t find any answers.

“Today we scored, so everything was fine, but a set piece again, a sloppy defense again, we were off balance and didn’t react. We were lucky not to concede a third goal early in the second half.” We weren’t tough enough as a team to react or force ourselves.

“Soft defense. What stops that is pure mentality, stop it with defensive mentality. There is no superiority for the opponent, no need to give away shots, just toughen up as a team and show a different mentality.”

“I don’t like to talk about it normally because you can’t prove it with data or tactical position, but it is. Both goals are cheap, soft goals and shouldn’t happen if you hope to win a game at night in an away stadium.”

Adam Armstrong celebrates after putting Southampton 2-1 against Chelsea
Adam Armstrong celebrates after putting Southampton 2-1 against Chelsea

“We need to show a different mentality”

Chelsea have been plagued by injuries and suspensions throughout August, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek the latest casualty, forced off at half-time by Mateo Kovacic, who has just returned to training.

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Reece James was also ill and missed the St Mary’s trip, while Conor Gallagher was suspended after being sent off against Leicester on Saturday.

Chelsea’s problems are giving Tuchel memories of last season.

“It reminded me of Juventus last season,” he said. “We played a fantastic game at Stamford Bridge and after that we had Chilly (Ben Chilwell) out for eight months and N’Golo Kante for three months.

Romeo Lavia celebrates his draw against Chelsea
Romeo Lavia celebrates his draw against Chelsea

“It was the same against Tottenham [earlier this month]. our key player [Kante] he says goodbye for a minimum of six weeks and then it’s red cards and Ruben is injured, and Kovacic is injured for eight weeks, Reece James is out sick. He is key player after key player. With our demands and the ambition we have, it is like that.

“If these key players are missing, you have to show a different mindset. It’s not enough at the moment to win at Leeds and Southampton. We’re humble enough to accept that we can lose football games, but it’s also too easy to get sidetracked.” Easy to win challenges, too easy to be intimidated.

“Yesterday, we had 16 players in training. I can’t dream what will happen if we get everyone back, I only have what we have in training camp and this is not much at the moment.”

Analysis: Tuchel under pressure as Chelsea stutters

Sky Sports’ Adam Bat:

Chelsea’s season is going in the other direction at the moment. They were seconds away from following up a weekend opener win over Everton with a deserved win against Tottenham, but Harry Kane’s late strike proved to be the prelude to a dramatic change in mood.

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After being beaten in Leeds, Thomas Tuchel’s side have now also lost their next away game and the players face accusations of being weak from their own manager. “Just toughen up as a team and show a different mindset,” he said of the loss at St Mary’s.

Easier said than done, it seems. For much of Tuchel’s time at Chelsea, his team seemed solid, but no more. No clean sheets in four tells only part of the story. They look so open right now. The switch to a four-man defense doesn’t seem to suit them and injuries are on the rise.

That’s a short-term problem, and the imminent arrival of Wesley Fofana should help, too. But with the attack slightly better – only Raheem Sterling has found the net in the last three games – and he’s already opening a gap to his rivals, Tuchel is now under some pressure.

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