Thomas Tuchel was taken aback by Chelsea’s performance in their 1-0 Champions League loss to Juventus.
Federico Chiesa’s 46th-minute goal sentenced Chelsea to a second defeat in days, following their 1-0 loss to Manchester City at the weekend.
When asked what the reason for Chelsea’s inferior performance was, Tuchel admitted he didn’t “know why” they played so poorly in Turin.
“I think we didn’t start out strong enough. We struggled to create our own pace and intensity because they were so deep and passive. We were running out of runs. We were so good in training yesterday and not good enough, not free enough today. I don’t know why, “Chelsea head coach said.
“I felt we were a little slow and tired, mentally slow in making decisions. That’s why it’s weird to analyze. We had a day off and two really good training sessions yesterday. We absolutely were there. sharp, we looked very fresh and very hungry, and ready for a bounce.
“It’s very difficult to set a high pace against a team that defends so deeply. If we defended deeply against City, it was difficult for them to create chances. It was the same for us here. But the difference was that we gave two big chances and brought confidence back to the stadium. “
Chelsea only managed to register one shot on target at the Allianz Stadium, despite dominating the ball with over 70% possession.
They encountered a typically tough Juventus rearguard after Chiesa’s opener, and Tuchel admitted his side struggled to beat their opponents – just as they found him last weekend in the Premier League.
“Manchester City scored from a set piece with a deflected shot against us. Sometimes you need it. If a team is defending deep it’s hard to find your own rhythm,” Tuchel added.
“We were running out of runners. Once we started doing other things we made mistakes and it cost us a bit of faith. A shooting problem. If we don’t shoot, they can’t be If you’re playing against a deep boulder like today, it’s hard to take pictures.
“We found the spaces, it wasn’t easy. We had a lot of shots, but I think there are chances late in the game where it wouldn’t have been that difficult to find the target.”