Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel accepted blame for tactics and team selection after losing 4-2 at home to Arsenal on Wednesday evening, but proceeded to point out difficulties with the Stamford Bridge pitch during his post-match press duties. Blues defender Andreas Christensen was excused for his individual error which led to the Gunners’ opening goal as Tuchel pointed out that the same pitch troubled had hurt them before.
Chelsea and Arsenal played out a breathless encounter in which Eddie Nketiah rewarded Mikel Arteta’s faith with an impressive brace at Stamford Bridge. The youngster was joined on the scoresheet by Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka, with Timo Werner and Cesar Azpilicueta’s duo of first-half goals proving to be in vain.
After the final whistle, Tuchel was regretful about his team’s individual mistakes. Andreas Christensen clumsily gave the ball awar for Arsenal’s opener, but the boss also pointed out unusual issues with the home pitch. “We need to have the tactics right, it’s doubtful if I had this right, and you need the team selection right, it’s doubtful I got that right,” he admitted.
“It is a very difficult pitch we have here. It’s not to our favor. The ball bounces very awkwardly in front of Andreas… We had the same mistake against Real Madrid.”
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