Thomas Tuchel says Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of rivals Arsenal on Wednesday evening was their own fault and a “wake up call”.
With a win against Arsenal, Tuchel’s side would have all but sealed a Premier League top four finish.
Emile Smith Rowe’s first half goal settled the London Derby dominated by Chelsea throughout but they failed to convert.
“Totally our fault, nobody else’s. We lost, it’s totally our responsibility. We had huge chances. We made an own goal more or less – total gift,” said Tuchel.
“We weren’t on the pitch with the same energy, it wasn’t easy to come up with the intensity and passing. We weren’t sharp enough and didn’t have the same hunger and attitude as we’re used to playing with. So it’s on us.
“It was maybe too many changes from the last match and I take full responsibility for that. Maybe it’s the last wake up call for all of us.”
With an FA Cup final on Saturday against Leicester City, Tuchel made a number of changes to his starting line-up.
It resulted in only a third defeat in 26 games in all competitions for Tuchel and left Chelsea in fourth spot in the Premier League with two games to play.
They are six points clear of West Ham United who have three matches left and seven ahead of Liverpool with four.
“I felt it a little bit coming in training and I’m a bit unlucky that it’s proven today on the pitch. I regret… we could have, we could have, we could have but we didn’t,” added Tuchel.
“The choices were not so good from my side for the line-up. This is on me. We were unlucky. We can lose in football. We did everything today to lose.
“I’m not happy with my line-up. There were too many changes and I shouldn’t have done it like this. It was something in particular but I don’t want to tell you.”
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By FARPost Reporter