Every word Thomas Tuchel said about Chelsea v Brentford, Rudiger, Mendy, Real Madrid and more
Antonio Rudiger finally scored his goal but then everything fell apart quite quickly, did the players perhaps lose concentration after that goal because of the celebrations?
“I like when the players celebrate. Obviously it was strange because we were working hard for that first goal and we know how hard it is to create chances against Brentford. They defend either very high and mark the man, or they defend very, very deep in a ten-man shot around the box, so it’s very difficult to create chances.
“You have to be patient, have a smooth pace, be very smart and also very clinical to take little risk and have that first goal and break the block. Once we had it, we stopped defending and gave three goals in ten minutes, which is very atypical and gave us the game.
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“I don’t know why. We gave ourselves a big chance straight after the goal, then the next one was a goal. From there we didn’t defend mature enough. We weren’t aware danger in those moments which is also very strange for us. We were punished. They took advantage of those ten minutes which may not be normal. So this is a summary of strange events but it is on us and it’s our fault.
“It was a tough start for us. We felt a bit on our legs which is normal after the international break. But after maybe 20-25 minutes we controlled the game, controlled the pace and we got on with it. We became more fluid, created half-chances and deliveries, and in the second half I was happy with the start.
“Then we get the goal which is normally exactly what we wanted to open up new spaces and push the game on our side. But the opposite happened and I don’t know why it happened.”
Was the international break and the trips made by your players a factor?
“You don’t need to lose as a result. I’m aware of that and I’m aware that my expectations weren’t too high for this game from the start. It’s difficult after an international break to play as a favorite, to dictate the game and break up a tough and well-organized team.
“They are a very physical team. That makes things very difficult. I’m ok if we conceded the first goal and the second and could never catch up, but we were in the lead and in charge. I didn’t I didn’t see it coming. I felt better and better. I felt we deserved the first goal, got a nice first goal and I don’t know why the next 10 minutes cost us the game.
Edou Mendy in the first match between these teams was excellent. But what did you think of his performance today?
“Actually, I have to see him again. I think it’s a thankless game for a goalkeeper. For him, too, he has a lot to deal with. That’s why he plays these tight games – a rematch of the final from the Africa Cup against qualifying for the Qatar World Cup. He’s taking another penalty shootout and he can feel it. He’s part of the team and unfortunately he couldn’t help us like he did in the first game.”
Was there half an eye on Real Madrid’s game with your team selection?
“No, absolutely not. We selected the team because we thought they were the best team against Brentford. Not half an eye or one percent of one for Real Madrid.”
Was there something in the minds of the players thinking about Wednesday’s big game?
“Maybe if we lost 1-0 or 2-0, or if we started too late. But we didn’t. We struggled at the start but I felt more mentally tired. Not fresh enough “It’s normal. Yesterday we were wearing gloves and it was snowing in practice. Today was very, very hot. Again, it’s harder for us than them to play as as an underdog and to be well prepared for this match. We are well prepared but we are in a half-time training session.
“It’s more difficult, but in the context of it all, I’m okay with the first half. The half-time talk was like that. A reminder to carry on, a reminder where the spaces are, where we want to accelerate, where we want to stay patient, where we want to take more risks and it would come with more fluidity. And it did. We started very well. I didn’t see the distraction there , so why should we be distracted and think about Real Madrid when we have a goal lead. Maybe it was the general feeling that now we are ahead and we have it, and we have been punished for it.”
No Trevoh Chalobah in the team, was it a selection?
“Just one selection. We decided to play with a four-man defender and we chose our four centre-backs.”
Were there any injuries with the players who went out?
“We don’t have anyone injured.”
Last season West Bromwich Albion came here and claimed a similar result, is it just another blip?
“Looks good. After so many wins and so many good results, I’m now going to refuse to make a drama out of it. Why should we? Brentford made much of the ten minutes we gave them. After the third goal , we had a goal disallowed, a pressing situation against the goalkeeper and another big chance from Kai Havertz. We missed all three of them and it felt like it wasn’t our day. So that’s a mixture of everything.
“I wouldn’t rely on fate or on this happening. We’re going to dig in and try to find out why it was like this. There are reasons we can give ourselves and we’re going to analyze and digest them. He there’s no other It’s hard to take it because it’s very unusual for us what happened today. Then we’ll refocus on Monday.”