The manager of Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel was filled with regrets after he led his team to suffer a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Arsenal on Wednesday. The defeat has made their hope of finishing in the top four slimmer as West Ham United and Liverpool are pushing for the same spot.
Thomas Tuchel led Chelsea to host their local rivals at Stamford Bridge when Chelsea were enjoying the best run of games in all the competitions they are still involved in. But everything worked against the blue side of London.
Chelsea needed to beat Arsenal to cement their place in the top four but the defeat at the hands of Arsenal pushed them back to the 4th spot, two points below 3rd placed Leicester City.
If 5th placed West Ham United win their outstanding game, they will be three points behind Chelsea and if 6th placed Liverpool win their two outstanding games, they will be a point behind Chelsea.
Based on this calculation, Chelsea are condemned to win their remaining two league games or lose control of the chance to make the top four at the end of the season. Chelsea still have a date with Leicester and Aston Villa in the league.
Amidst the struggle to make the league’s top four, Thomas Tuchel has a FA Cup final against Leicester City on Saturday, May 15. He also has a UEFA Champions League final against Manchester City on May 29.
After he suffered a stunning 1-0 defeat at the hands of Arsenal on Wednesday, Tuchel regretted that he picked the wrong team. He regretted that he had to rest so many players ahead of the FA Cup final game against Leicester.
The German tactician believes that his players got the wrong message in his decision to bench some first-team players ahead of the league’s game. He told Sky Sports that his players played with the misconception that he was already thinking of the FA Cup final.
He said: “We had three days, we are on a good run, we had a good mood. The choices were not so good today from my side for the line-up so that’s on me. We were unlucky, of course. But we did everything today to lose.
“I’m not happy with my line-up. It’s easy to say afterward. But it was too many changes, I should not have done it like this. It’s something in particular – but I will not tell you.
“I felt it a little bit coming yesterday in training. I’m a bit unlucky that it’s proven today on the pitch. I regret it… but it’s like this. ‘We could have [done this], we could have [done that]’, and that’s what it’s all about.
“I did not feel us in the same way involved, sharp with intensity and energy like the last game and these are the per cents who are missing today…
“Maybe I gave some signs to the team that Saturday is on my mind, even if it’s only five percent, or one percent, that is not how you approach things and you get punished because you cannot be naive.”