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Tuchel: Chelsea ‘stole’ ‘lucky’ win over Watford manager wants to forget

Hakim Ziyech’s second-half goal secured a 2-1 victory that kept the European champions atop the Premier League. But Tuchel let his players down after a sloppy performance at Vicarage Road – insisting they “stole” three points.

Mason Mount had given Chelsea the advantage against the run of the game in the first half before the equalizer of Emmanuel Dennis before the break.

Tuchel sent Ziyech for injured Trevoh Chalobah and the Moroccan winger proved to be a super underwater with a winner in the 72nd minute.

“It’s not us,” said the manager. “We were absolutely not ready for this game today. Maybe I failed to find the right approach to prepare my team.

“We had made a lot of changes but also too many mistakes. It has not improved. The only thing we could do was hang in there and focus on the easy things. It was a lucky victory.

“We stole three points. We don’t have to talk about it. For the first time, it looks like a lucky win.

Tuchel has named a well-changed squad with N’Golo Kante, Reece James and Ben Chilwell all injured. Jorginho was not considered fit enough to start, while Thiago Silva was resting.

But the Chelsea manager refused to use the absent players as an excuse.

“I see this totally as an exception to the rule,” he added. “I won’t insist too long on this game because it’s so unusual for us to play like this.”


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