Leeds United held Chelsea to yet another stalemate – the third in Tuchel’s reign. Chelsea were held to another draw in an underwhelming attacking display that saw Kai Havertz deployed once again as a false nine.
The 2-0 victory over Everton had instilled some hopes of an attacking threat, but it was a similar story all over.
Speaking to the press post-match, Tuchel sounded somewhat surrendered to the result, citing the draw as ‘absolutely okay’. (chelseafc.com)
“We created enough chances and enough touches in the box to score one or two goals. Unfortunately, we didn’t, so we have to live with a draw.
It was an absolutely okay away game against a team that put pressure on you. We found situations where we could escape the pressure, have high recoveries of the ball, but we were not clinical enough in our counter-attacks. We take a 0-0.”
Adding further on Chelsea’s goal scoring woes, Tuchel said:
“Our strikers never stop working or counter-pressing. Do they always arrive in the freshest moment? No, they don’t, of course not against an opponent like Leeds.
Still, I believe we have enough quality to use the chances and counter-attacks better to create more and be more clinical. This is my responsibility.”
Edouard Mendy made an absolutely world-class save to deny Tyler Roberts a stunning goal in the first half. He continued his brilliant performance in the second half and Tuchel was quick to praise the Sengalese goalkeeper.
“I’m very happy with the clean sheet. Mendy was there to save us on a couple of occasions with good saves. It was a good performance from Edou and he gives us confidence.”
Tuchel also mentioned that players are disappointed in the dressing room, which he said is a good sign to see.
Chelsea see themselves three points ahead of West Ham United in 4th position with 51 points, although The Hammers have two matches more to play than the Blues.