Homas Tuchel hopes to have woken up his side after spending a chocolate night digesting their shock loss to Real Madrid.
A Karim Benzema hat-trick at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night all but ended Chelsea’s hopes of defending their Champions League crown and sparked a night of solace for Tuchel as he relived the nightmare again and again.
Tuchel ferried his players for a frank meeting on Thursday to try to shake them out of their increasingly frustrated slump with performance.
“I watched the game again and got angry at home in the night, in the middle of the night, and the next morning I watched it again and got angry again “, said the German.
Tuchel managed to contain his anger and didn’t lash out at anything in the house, but had to watch the game at double speed to get it over with quickly, such was his frustration.
It’s not an experience he’ll want to repeat after Saturday’s trip to Southampton or next week’s return leg to Madrid.
“At home I wasn’t so angry… the dog was safe, the dog is still safe,” Tuchel said.
“You’re sitting there in the middle of the night and the amount of chocolate I needed was immense to relive the game and make up for it.
“It’s not nice, you start writing and writing and writing and you find yourself writing more and more, more minutes with a certain way of explaining things so you don’t forget it.
“At some point you press the button to watch it at double speed, just so it goes faster and you know you’re in the wrong place.
“At some point you have to stop and take a walk in the kitchen or the living room and come back and press to calm down. It wasn’t fun to watch.”
Tuchel added: “It’s good to do it because it allows you to process it and understand more clearly what the message should be, not to be general and to be more specific and we have found some tips and to from there we go.
“I slept a bit late but it’s not the first bad game that we analyze and sometimes you have to dig into that because otherwise it wouldn’t have been possible to sleep because of the emotion.
“It helps to watch it even if you don’t like it. Then you come and watch with the staff, share your thoughts and impressions. Have a meeting and then a workout which is best to do, then try to get back to sleep .you missed the next afternoon.
After catching up on his kip, Tuchel is now hoping the late night will pay off with a response on the south coast on Saturday.
“Somehow after the international break we felt like we were playing 80, 90 per cent and we hope to get through it and it’s not like that,” Tuchel said.
“We have to somehow wake up or remind ourselves again that the physical investment hasn’t been enough in the last two games and we have to find work on the pitch, it doesn’t matter so much if you find him on the ball or off the ball, but you have to get back to high intensity work because that’s what we do and that’s what we’ve been missing in the last two games.”