Tuchel: Chelsea lacked concentration and lost control when She Cupield United won the FA Cup
Thomas Tuchel has said Chelsea have a “lack of concentration” as the German coach believes his side lost control of the game on Sunday in the second half to win the FA Cup against She Cupield United.
The Blues went on to win 2-0 on Sunday, grabbing Oliver Norwood’s first-half goal and proving enough of Hakim Ziyech in the 92nd minute to get a round in the semi-finals.
Tuchel, however, was unhappy with the Blues ’performance as he left disappointed with the second half.
What was said?
“The first half was good, but we lost control in the second half,” he told BBC Sport. “We were clearly tired for 14 games in a row, we felt a little tired with a lack of concentration.
“In the second half there were small mistakes with a strong opponent. In the second half we were lucky to keep the page clean. I think it was the first time we were lucky in 14 games. It can happen and the cup is important to pass and that was the goal. We arrived.
He added: “Of course we let them come back because we had full control in the first half. In the second half, we had a great chance with Christian. [Pulisic] to end the game early. After that, we made too many easy mistakes, lost duels and lost concentration and momentum.
“Actually, I felt in the last few days in training that we were a little tired of the lack of concentration and that things weren’t very easy. It’s normal to happen in a game where it’s hard to keep up. I was happy when I came in to help the guys on the bench.
Tuchel comes from a brand of Mourinho
The German may be less than impressed with his team’s overall effort, but he can’t question the credibility of their defense now, as today’s results put him in eight games without conceding a goal in the crowd.
This clean sheet race is the same as the best race since December 2005, when Jose Mourinho was in charge of Stamford Bridge – and generally follows a single line, winning nine games without winning between November and December 1905.
What’s next for Chelsea?
The Blues will now enter the top of the international break, sealing the FA Cup semi-final spot.
Manchester City, Southampton and Leicester or Manchester United are waiting for the semi-finals to be played on 17 April.
Chelsea are fourth in the Premier League and will face West Brom on their return from international break.
But that’s not all for Tuchel’s team, however, as the clash in the Champions League quarter-finals will also take place with Porto, as the first leg is set for Portugal on April 7.