LONDON: Thomas Tuchel’s calm start as Chelsea manager has finally ended at the hands of lower -side West Bromwich Albion who became the first visitors to score five goals at Stamford Bridge in 10 years last Saturday.
An early red card received Thiago Silva played a big part in the shock 5-2 defeat that ended Tuchel’s 14-match unbeaten streak since replacing Frank Lampard in January.
The German coach now needs to show he can face diversity with the west London club.
“It’s a reminder. We’re going to respond to it properly,” Tuchel said.
“It’s important that we accept it. I don’t see it coming, now we have to take responsibility – including me – and forget about it.
“We can’t, after 15 or 14 games, lose consideration. We can’t take back the trust that has already been given to this player.”
He asked his squad to calm down after reports said there was an altercation on the training ground last Sunday between Antonio Rudiger and Kepa Arrizabalaga.
A smooth response is needed in the Champions League quarter-final early this Thursday morning against Porto in Seville following a flight ban due to COVID-19 between Portugal and England.
Although the Portuguese giants eliminated Juventus in the last 16, apart from advancing to the semi -finals for the first time since 2014, it will be seen as a disappointment for Chelsea.
A good decision to close part of the crack led to Lampard’s dismissal and will be resolved.
Judges Ziyech, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz who were bought at great value on the transfer market last summer have all yet to show real ability.
Tuchel finds Chelsea’s strength by taking turns especially on the offensive side.
But the lack of goals is still a problem with the Blues only scoring 13 goals in their last 11 Premier League games.