Thomas Tuchel names those to blame for 5-2 defeat to West Brom


Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has conceded that he and every single player are to blame for their humiliating defeat to West Brom on Saturday.

The German coach also laid the blame on Jorginho for his ‘big mistakes’ that led to Thiago Silva’s sending off in the 5-2 defeat to relegation-battling West Brom.

The west London club took the lead through Christian Pulisic but things turned around when Thiago Silva was shown a second yellow card before Matheus Pereira scored a quick-fire double before the break.

West Brom extended their lead in the second half of the game, netting three more goals as they ripped Chelsea apart on the break.

Thiago Silva’s sending off was the turning point in the game, though for both of his yellow cards he was stitched up by some poor passing from Jorginho.

Asked about the sending off, Tuchel told BT Sport: ‘I didn’t see the red card, I saw the two big mistakes in our own half before the yellow cards.

‘That is not typical for us, we were rusty. We made easy mistakes and were punished. It was totally our fault.’ He added: ‘We did big mistakes before the two yellow cards. There were too many easy ball losses.’

On Chelsea’s poor defending after being reduced to 10, Tuchel said: ‘I did not see that second half coming. We tried to give a bit of security with a back three but we were never in a flow. We had some chances but we didn’t defend well.

‘We could not adapt to the situation which is a surprise as we were leading. We are normally confident enough to defend but we were sloppy and kept making big mistakes. We were punished hard and it’s tough to digest.

‘Every shot was a goal from them. Clearly it was not our day today. We will get the right response. First of all it’s important we digest it. I did not see it coming, now we have to take our responsibilities – me included – and shake it off.’


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