Thomas Tuchel refuses to blame Edouard Mendy for mistakes that saw Chelsea lose at West Ham but admits keeper is ‘dealing with a rough period’ after dip in form
Thomas Tuchel refused to blame Edouard Mendy for the errors that cost his side three points at West Ham, but did admit the Chelsea goalkeeper’s form has dipped recently.
Mendy tripped Jarrod Bowen to concede a 38th minute penalty that allowed Manuel Lanzini to equalise after Thiago Silva had put Chelsea ahead, and then in the closing stages the Senegalese keeper let in a cross from Arthur Masuaku at his near post, giving West Ham victory.
‘Edou is dealing with a rough period. I don’t know why exactly but he seems to have lost a bit of confidence,’ said Tuchel.
Thomas Tuchel refused to blame keeper Edouard Mendy for costly errors in the match
Mendy was beaten by Arthur Masuaku’s late effort and had earlier given away a penalty
‘We are far, far away from blaming anybody but we need to admit that we are making too many crucial mistakes at the moment, which cost us a win against Manchester United (last weekend) and today as well.’
It was a poor back pass from Jorginho that put Mendy in trouble for West Ham’s opening goal, although he had a chance to clear the ball before tripping Bowen.
‘His decision making was not on the highest level today for the first goal, but also we put him in a really awkward situation,’ said Tuchel.
But Mendy had no excuses for being caught out by Masuaku’s cross from wide on the left wing in the 86th minute. ‘He could have saved the situation but he did not,’ added Tuchel, who bemoaned the mistakes that have cost Chelsea five points from the past three games.
His effort from 32 yards caught Mendy off guard and he has admitted that the goal surprised him
Tuchel did admit that Mendy was suffering from a loss of confidence that was causing errors
‘I thought the performance today was enough to win the game but we give easy goals away and this is very unusual. We make big mistakes that lead to big chances that lead to easy goals.
‘We have done this now in three matches, against United, Watford and again today. If you do this at this kind of level, you can’t expect to have a result.’
The Chelsea coach also has more injuries too, with both Kai Havertz and Marcos Alonso joining a long injured list, as well as Jorginho having to play with a hip problem.
‘Kai has huge pain, Marcos Alonso has back pain, so that is another two substitutes we had to make because of to injury. Jorgi has been playing with hip pain for many matchdays and you can see it.
‘We are missing not only N’Golo (Kante), but also Mateo Kovacic for five or six weeks. I don’t know when N’Golo will be back.’
Tuchel said midfielder Jorginho had been playing with hip pain for several matches now
Tuchel blamed the fixture list, with Chelsea currently in the middle of a run of 13 games in six weeks. ‘We have some overloaded players. This is not an excuse but if you look at our schedule, there is no escape and this is exactly where we struggle at the moment.
‘We have crucial ball losses in situations where you simply cannot have them if you want clean sheets and want to dominate games. If you want to protect against counter attacks, it is impossible to do these kinds of mistakes, three times in a row, it is simply too much and we cannot give any excuses that we are tired.
‘It is absolutely normal to be tired through the Premier League in winter. It is a question of precision, details, risk management, where you take it and where you absolutely don’t.
‘If you invite a team like West Ham into your own box, into the last 20 metres by giving big ball losses then you are in the trouble.’