Thomas Tuchel tells his Chelsea stars it’s ‘too EASY to beat us’ after defeat at Southampton


Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is concerned that his Chelsea side are becoming too easy to beat after their 2-1 defeat to Southampton on Tuesday evening.

Raheem Sterling had given the Blues the lead at St Mary’s, but goals from Romeo Lavia and Adam Armstrong saw the home side take all three points.

The defeat condemned Chelsea to their second defeat of the season and the German boss believes his side are struggling for focus and to find consistency.

‘We started well in all the games almost but obviously we are struggling with our focus and consistency in matches.’ Tuchel told BT Sport after the game.

‘We struggled to find answers and find the way back if things don’t go in our direction. Things did go in our direction today but then we struggled after the equaliser.

‘I don’t know if concern is the right word. I absolutely dislike to lose, it is the second time this season and I don’t think it takes a lot to beat us and this I don’t like.

‘We try to win matches and the way we do this is something we need to understand as fast as possible. I also don’t understand why we are in this situation with injuries to all midfield.

‘I think in the first 20 minutes we created half chances but struggled to score. That is also not brand new for us and that doesn’t necessarily have the consequence you can lose matches, you can win 1-0.’

‘I don’t think it takes a lot to beat us’

Tuchel also lambasted his team’s defending and accused the side of being too soft. Demanding to know why his team had no answers in the second half.

Telling BBC Sport. ‘Soft, soft, soft defending. There is no need to give shots away. Just toughen up as a team and show a different mentality.’

‘It is not enough to win away matches, it is not enough to play 20-25 minutes on the level we want. It is too easy to put us off balance, to beat us, to confuse us. It is too easy. It happened against Leeds. We need to understand why and find solutions.

‘We lose concentration, we lose our plan and lose consistency, it is too easy to beat us.

‘A lot of key players are injured, it is something I don’t really understand. You can always lose football matches and I am humble enough to admit this but in a match where you are in the lead there is no need to give away half chances. To have no answers in the second half was disappointing.

‘We need to have answers, we need to step up and play a level higher if needed. We struggled to do this.’

Chelsea have now suffered back-to-back away defeats having lost to Leeds United earlier this month. They now face West Ham on at Stamford Bridge Saturday, before a Champions League trip to Dimano Zagreb and then a West London derby with Fulham at Craven Cottage.


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