Thomas Tuchel blames the Stamford Bridge pitch and his players’ mistakes for Arsenal’s 4-2 victory over Chelsea

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The manager of Chelsea football club, Thomas Tuchel has blamed the 4-2 defeat his team suffered at the hands of Arsenal on Wednesday on the state of Stamford Bridge pitch and the mistakes of his players.

According to the German tactician who has been the coach of Chelsea for a year now, the ball bounces on the Stamford Bridge pitch abnormally which was a problem for his players to handle during the Premier League game against their London rivals.

Thomas Tuchel sighted an instance in which the ball bounces in front of his defender, Andreas Christensen, and caused him a problem. Christensen also made an erroneous back pass which Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah took advantage of to score the opening goal of the match in the 13th minute.

Chelsea however stepped up their game and equalized in the 17th minute through the boots of Timo Werner. About 10 minutes later, Arsenal restored their lead in the 27th minute thanks to Emile Smith Rowe.

In the 32nd minute of the game, Chelsea equalized again, this time around from the boots of the club’s captain, Cesar Azpilicueta. Hence, the widely opened first half ended in a 2-2 draw.

Arsenal finished up the game in the second half after Chelsea’s defenders got into each other way to give Eddie Nketiah the room to score his second goal of the match.

While Chelsea were fighting for the equalizer, the club’s captain allowed Bukayo Saka to trick him to bring him to the ground in Chelsea’s eighteen-yard-box. Unfortunately, the referee gifted Arsenal a spot-kick.

Saka stepped up and scored Arsenal’s 4th goal of the match. The game ended 4-2 in favor of Arsenal away from home.

Chelsea have suffered three heavy defeats at Stamford Bridge this season which didn’t excite Thomas Tuchel:

Coach Thomas Tuchel of Chelsea on duty.

Arsenal’s 4-2 victory over Chelsea is the club’s third heavy defeat at Stamford Bridge this season. Recall that Chelsea lost 4-1 to Brentford on April 2, and 1-3 to Real Madrid on April 6 at Stamford Bridge.

After Arsenal’s 4-2 victory, coach Thomas Tuchel stressed that his team have been making consistent mistakes at Stamford Bridge this season which were not expected from his players at their level.

Thomas Tuchel noted that the Stamford Bridge pitch is difficult to play on, stressing that the pitch is not in favor of his team.

“It was a totally wild and open game in the first half – already a 2-2 after we came back twice”, Thomas Tuchel said. “We had a good start but again gave the first goal away, which is impossible to do these things in consecutive matches. But we’re doing it. We came back twice, and we scored another two in the second half, unfortunately for the wrong side.

“It’s a level of mistakes, the number of mistakes in consecutive games here at home, it’s impossible at this kind of level. You don’t see this. It’s simply impossible, but we’re doing this at the moment, and you cannot win football games like this.

“To say the pitch is difficult to play here maybe sounds like an excuse, but it is a very, very difficult pitch that we have here. It’s not in our favor. The ball bounces very awkwardly in front of Andreas when he wants to play this ball. But still, we had the same mistake against Real Madrid that cost us the next round of the Champions League, and this one cost us the next match. I can’t remember when we got two goals like this…

“Look at the penalty, and it is an unbelievable goal from our ball possession. There are no tactics behind that. We have three ball losses in ten seconds. Then we do a foul where there’s not even the slightest danger. We foul a person, it is a penalty, and we rob ourselves of six minutes for an equalizer. What is there to analyze? There’s nothing to analyze.”

The 4-2 victory over Chelsea on Wednesday has left Arsenal on the 5th spot on the league table with 57 points in 32 games, equal points with 4th placed Tottenham. While the defeat left Chelsea on the 3rd spot with 62 points in 31 games.

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