Thomas Tuchel reveals what made Chelsea struggle in lucky 2-1 win over Watford

Chelsea rode their luck on Wednesday night as they “stole three points” away from Vicarage Road in a game that ended 2–1 in favour of the Blues.

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Watford started the game the stronger of both sides as they disrupted Chelsea’s rhythm and asked a few questions but it was Chelsea who took the lead through Mason Mount in the first half but Emmanuel Dennis responded with a brilliantly finished equalizer to level the scores heading into halftime.

Chelsea retook the lead in the second half though as substitute Hakim Ziyech struck with less than a quarter of an hour left despite a second half performance which was not much of an improvement from the first and Chelsea had to withstand some Watford pressure until the referee’s final whistle in the 96th minute.

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Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel speaking post-match gave an honest assessment of his performance in a game which he actually admitted that they “stole three points”.

Thomas Tuchel: “Sloppy, yeah. It was an unusual performance for us. I have to get the team ready and obviously I didn’t as for the first team we were underperforming as a team.”

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Thomas Tuchel: “We didn’t cope well with first balls, pressure, second balls, it’s one thing to lose challenges but we didn’t even find them.”

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Thomas Tuchel: “We had the chance to speak about it at the break and then half time. We tried to give easy messages because it was obvious we were struggling in the build-up.”

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Thomas Tuchel: “We had to do better in the basics. We tried and I don’t think I was too critical with the players. We are also critical with ourself.”

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Chelsea would move on with the three points and get prepared for Saturday’s London derby in which they face West Ham United in what promises to be another pulsating encounter.