– Chelsea suffered their first defeat under Thomas Tuchel over the weekend
– West Brom came from a goal down to humiliate the Blues 5-2 at Stamford Bridge
– The German boss has now admitted that his players weren’t good enough during the game
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Thomas Tuchel’s 14 games unbeaten run came to an abrupt end following Chelsea’s disappointing 5-2 defeat to struggling West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues started out on a positive note with Christian Pulisic firing the home team ahead just three minutes before the half-hour mark.
Despite scoring first in the game, things got so bad for the London club after Thiago Silva was handed a marching order in the 29th minute.
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And this led to Matheus Pereira scoring two quick goals in the added minutes of the opening half, as Callum Robinson also recording a brace and Mbaye Diagne grabbing one.
Although Mason Mount also found the back of the net in the 71st minute, however, the hosts were unable to avoid defeat for the first time under the German boss.
Tuchel has now reacted to his side’s disappointing defeat to relegation-threatened Baggies last weekend according to Tribal Football:
“We were not sharp enough and we didn’t catch the momentum to be sharper, to be closer and to be more aggressive.
“We didn’t get tight enough to play as a block and make it harder to break through us. We could do that and then wait for our chances on the counter-attack but we didn’t do this well.
“Individually, our defending was not at the level we have become used to from the guys and we need to improve in that sense. It was one of those games where there was a lot of drama in the sense that if things could go wrong, they did go wrong.
“We got a red card, conceded two goals just before half-time and then we got an injury at half-time to Christian. In the second half, pretty much every shot they had was a goal.
“We had a few chances for ourselves but pretty quickly we had the feeling that this was not going to be the day where we could turn the score around.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea have been pushed out of the top four with West Ham United currently occupying the last Champions League qualification position.
The Blues have 51 points from 30 games – one point behind the Hammers while they need five points to measure up to Leicester City who are third after the same number of games.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Chelsea stars Antonio Rudiger and Kepa Arrizabalaga were said to have light up Stamford Bridge negatively after having an altercation during their training session over the weekend.
The ugly incident took place at the Cobhams training complex on Sunday, April 4, barely one day after the Blues were hammered 5-2 by West Bromwich Albion.
Thomas Tuchel’s men were not at their best during the clash, with Thiago Silva being sent off at the half-hour mark for a second booking.