Thomas Tuchel urged Chelsea fans to stand behind his team after they were booed against Everton, but said he was struggling to explain their stammer.
Chelsea slipped four points off leaders Manchester City on Thursday after their 1-1 draw with Everton, which was greeted with jeers from some of the team’s fans at Stamford Bridge.
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Everton lacked 12 first-team players but stuck to one point, leaving Chelsea to regret continuing a streak that has seen them win just two of their last six games in all competitions.
Chelsea travel to Wolverhampton on Sunday with at least four players missing after Romelu Lukaku, Kai Havertz, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ben Chilwell tested positive for COVID-19 – although Havertz re-tested negative on Friday – with Tuchel to get the team back to the level he saw excel Against Juventus by four goals in the Champions League last month.
“When you’re not really doing poorly but you’re not getting results, it’s a bit of an awkward place because then maybe you have to admit that you don’t have the only solution that can solve the problem,” Tuchel said in a newspaper. Friday conference.
“But it can help to talk about it and be honest about it. Maybe it’s not this, this thing and this thing that needs to be fixed but maybe there are more reasons and it’s a complicated situation. Yesterday, to me, I think we had every right to admit was just bad luck.”
“This match in all the stats, the expected goals, a clear win. The feeling would be completely different if we won 3-0. We will pay tribute to the players [for] How did they handle the situation? Who do we blame now? Mason Mount for not scoring in the first half? Reese James for not recording it? It is not possible. I will never do this ever
“You get booed, it happens, but I don’t think it’s because of the performance. I think people come in, they wish the best for us, they support us and in the end they are disappointed and so are we. I totally refuse to take it personally.”
“These things happen and I can just tell everyone: We need support. We need players at the highest level and we need supporters at the top and the top and the top especially when things get a little tough and a little tight. We need them even more.”
Tuchel also talked about the details of his recent relegation, which included a 1-1 draw with Manchester United, a defeat against West Ham United, and a 3-2 win over Leeds United.
“I agree that the recent results are not at all what we would expect and what we might deserve,” he added. “It’s a bit up and down and maybe we also struggle with praise and whatever else. I don’t think it’s a single cause.
“If I mention Juventus, we should also mention that we lost two key players – N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic – we lose Kante in the match, we lose Ben Chilwell in the match. We are still playing the big game against Man United and West Ham.
“I’ve seen many, many teams struggling at West Ham more than we did and we lost with a strange shot in the last minute. We were punished not so much, I have to say. It’s hard to accept, even for me because we always look for reasons, we always want to get proof and we want The result to be a proof of performance.
“It’s hard sometimes in this place where we now say ‘No, I refuse, we keep doing what we’re doing’ because we don’t have proof of results. Frankly, I don’t see big mistakes here.”