Thomas Tuchel reveals Chelsea’s pitch ‘wasn’t where we wanted it to be’ at the START of the season, after blaming Stamford Bridge turf for catalogue of errors in Arsenal defeat – and insists it is NOT related to government sanctions amid ongoing takeover
- An angry Thomas Tuchel blamed the pitch for his side’s 4-2 loss against Arsenal
- Andreas Christensen gave a poor back-pass which led to an Eddie Nketiah goal
- But Tuchel insisted the pitch has been problematic since the start of the season
- The German then denied the issues were down to the government sanctions
Thomas Tuchel has insisted the Chelsea pitch has not been up to scratch since the start of the season.
The German bizarrely blamed the Stamford Bridge turf for the recent spate of goals the Blues have been conceding.
After Wednesday’s 4-2 loss against Arsenal, the German had said: ‘To say the pitch is difficult to play here it maybe sounds like an excuse, but it is a very, very difficult pitch that we have here. It’s not in our favour.
‘The ball bounces very awkwardly in front of (defender) Andreas (Christensen) when he wants to play this ball. 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.’
In a Friday press conference ahead of his side’s London derby against West Ham, also at their home ground, Tuchel claimed the issues began when the club didn’t renew the pitch in time at the start of the campaign.
And when asked if the government’s financial sanctions amid the ongoing takeover had affected the field of play, the 48-year-old insisted it had not.
Thomas Tuchel insisted Stamford Bridge’s pitch has been poor since the start of the season
The Chelsea manager has recently blamed his side’s home turf for a number of costly mistakes
He said: ‘No, no. The demands are high from the manager, that’s the problem. We were struggling a little bit with the timing of the renewal (of the pitch) this season. So at the beginning of the season, the pitch wasn’t where we wanted it to be.
‘We have a bad mix of individual mistakes, a bit of a lack of quality in the defensive attitude in and around the box, we get punished for it. I am not sure I know why.
‘The expected goals we concede since the international break is a bit higher than normal, and that is on me, tactics, pressing. We conceded since the international break 12 goals, which is double the amount of expected goals.’
Defender Andreas Christensen (pictured) woefully underhit a backpass to Edouard Mendy against Arsenal on Wednesday, allowing striker Eddie Nketiah to score – Chelsea lost 4-2
Chelsea’s previously strong defence has been called into question during the last month after a catalogue of costly errors.
Christensen’s mishit back-pass led to Eddie Nketiah scoring the opener for the Gunners on Wednesday.
Against Real Madrid in their Champions League quarter-final first leg earlier this month, ‘keeper Edouard Mendy’s horribly under-hit pass was intercepted by Karim Benzema, who scored a vital goal as Chelsea ended up losing 5-4 on aggregate.