Three costly mistakes Thomas Tuchel made in disappointing 1-0 loss to Man City

Chelsea fell to a disappointing 1-nil defeat away at the Etihad yesterday courtesy of an unstoppable Kevin De Bruyne strike, a loss that seemingly puts an end to their premier league title hopes and aspirations as Man City now sit 13 points clear of Chelsea at the top of the EPL log.

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It was a very poor performance from Chelsea as the Cityzens dominated the Blues throughout the game and it was just a matter of time for Pep Guardiola’s charges to score the goal that would seal victory for the EPL defending champions.

In this article we’d be looking at three mistakes Chelsea gaffer Thomas Tuchel made that cost them all three points against City.

Poor Attacking Selection:

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The team selection yesterday from Thomas Tuchel was just off it. The German got it all wrong in his attacking selection as it was very obvious that the front three of Ziyech, Pulisic, and Lukaku offered far less than expected.

Hakim Ziyech played too many misplaced passes and Christian Pulisic was more of a passenger all through the game while Romelu Lukaku could have done way better with his aerial duels, link-up play, hold-up play and decision making.

A front three of Havertz, Mount, and Werner could have threatened the Cityzens more as that sort of game required the ball retention ability of Kai Havertz plus Mason Mount’s work rate to help ease the pressure on the midfield and let’s not forget that the pace of Timo Werner has always proven to be very useful against teams that keep a high defensive line like Man City.

Late Changes & Substitutions:

Thomas Tuchel had the opportunity to right his wrong as Chelsea were just lucky to go in at halftime with the scores still goalless.

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The lack of chemistry in the Chelsea front three was very glaring. Hence, one had expected a halftime substitution or at most 10-15 minutes into the second half to right the wrongs in attack but Tuchel made no substitutions until about 15 minutes left of normal time despite the fact that his side were caged almost throughout the game by Man City and this proved costly as Man City eventually broke the Chelsea rearguard to get the decisive goal.


While this may be debatable due to the kind of opposition Chelsea came up against yesterday. A back four might have probably done the job for Chelsea against city.

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Due to the unavailability of Chelsea’s main wing-backs, Thomas Tuchel could have deployed a back four yesterday like he did in Chelsea’s last three games against Tottenham and Chesterfield.

Though, that would have been a very risky approach as left wing-back Marcos Alonso’s weaknesses are made more glaring in a back four not to talk of when he’s up against dribblers and speedsters like Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling but Thomas Tuchel not taking that risk still proved costly anyways.