Tuchel hits out at Chelsea’s lack of hunger in aftermath of Dinamo Zagreb defeat

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Thomas Tuchel criticised Chelsea’s “huge underperformance”, saying his side lacked “hunger and intensity” as they opened their Champions League campaign with a 1-0 loss at Dinamo Zagreb.

Mislav Orsic’s early goal stunned the 2021 Champions League winners at the Maksimir Stadium, with Tuchel admitting he “didn’t see” the result coming while also lamenting his side’s “lack of determination” as they slumped to their third consecutive away loss.

Chelsea have now conceded at least once in each of their last six games across all competitions, their joint-longest run without a clean sheet since the German took charge in January 2021.

“I’m angry on myself,” he said. “I’m angry on our performance. It’s not aggressive enough on the ball, it’s not enough individually or enough as a team.

“Not a lot [of players are playing at the top of their game]. It’s obvious that we’re underperforming. It’s a lack of determination. A lack of hunger and intensity. You cannot expect to win games. We are clearly nowhere near where we want to be.

“I just know that I need time to digest it and find solutions. It’s a story of the last games – we start okay. But then we lack precision. We lack the smell of blood.

“It’s clearly my job to analyse it. Clearly we need to be much better. We are not happy with our results. We are not happy with our performances. I’m a bit surprised by this performance today.

“I didn’t see it coming. Obviously I was in the wrong movie. I thought that the last game helped us, we showed a reaction against West Ham. Had good training sessions. I thought the team were prepared.

“I didn’t see it coming that’s why I know I’m angry on myself. There is no day off in the next days, don’t worry. There cannot be a day off at the moment.”

Chelsea’s remaining Champions League fixtures
September 14: Red Bull Salzburg (H) – kick-off 8pm

October 5: AC Milan (H) – kick-off 8pm

October 11: AC Milan (A) – kick-off 8pm

October 25: Red Bull Salzburg (A) – kick-off 5.45pm

November 2: Dinamo Zagreb (H) – kick-off 8pm.

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