The German tactician acknowledged that the Manchester City team his team met at Stamford Bridge was stronger, sharper, and had more possession than his team.
His first two wins over the Spanish tactician came in Carabao Cup and the Premier League last season. While the last win came in the UEFA Champions League final in May 2021.
Hence, Pep Guardiola came into the game on Sunday with a determined side that was ready to stop the reign of Chelsea over Manchester City.
Chelsea’s defensive play in the first half ended it in a draw. But Tuchel’s tactic did not end well for Chelsea as Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus scored the only goal of the match in the 53rd minute.
In the last 20 minutes of the game, Chelsea changed their approach and took more risk by going in search of an equalizer. But their effort was not enough to stop Manchester City from leaving Stamford Bridge with the maximum three points.
“We were excellent in the last 20 meters of the pitch but not the other 80 meters,” Thomas Tuchel said after the Premier League game. “City were stronger, sharper, with more position.
“I had the feeling we lacked the belief to escape in the situation. With every mistake, we did we lost more confidence. We defended very well until the goal, although we were too deep. There was no connection [with Romelu Lukaku] and this was a team problem, not an individual problem.
“We could not escape the pressure. It was a question of decision making and we were so unprecise. We lacked the confidence to switch sides. We were not on our highest level and you cannot expect a result.”
On the mentality of his team during the game, Tuchel added that: “We played with the mentality we had something to lose but there was nothing to lose.
“After the goal, there was a good reaction and a bit more risk. That’s the mentality you need from the start: that you take risks and accept risks. But they made us underperform.”
The 1-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City has pushed Chelsea down from the first spot to the third spot on the league table. They have garnered 13 points in 6 games, a point above first-placed Liverpool and on equal point with second-placed Manchester City.
Chelsea’s next Premier League game comes up on October 2, 2021, against Southampton. The game will kick off at 15:00 at Stamford Bridge.
Before then, Thomas Tuchel and his boys will travel to Turin in Italy to take on Juventus in a UEFA Champions League group game. The match will kick off at 20:00 on Wednesday, September 29, 2021.