Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel names two key reasons for poor Premier League title bid
Chelsea travel to Manchester City on Saturday in a last-ditch attempt to save their floundering Premier League season, and face an uphill task to beat the Citizens given that Pep Guardiola’s men have won their last 11 games in the league. However, Tuchel has claimed City’s phenomenal form isn’t the reason they have pulled away from their competitors in the title race – instead claiming that injuries and COVID-19 problems at Stamford Bridge are the issue.
City have won every game in the league since their surprising 2-0 home defeat to Crystal Palace on October 30, taking them to 11 successive wins.
Guardiola’s men look nailed on to reclaim the Premier League title that they made their own last season, currently sitting 10 points clear of the Blues with a huge 17 games left to play.
Chelsea were ahead of the Citizens in the league table until their 3-2 loss to West Ham on December 4, and have since won just two of their last six league games.
But despite the stellar form that City have displayed, Tuchel believes that it is the injury woes and COVID-19 cases inflicted on his players that has shaped the title race.
“Maybe, who knows,” Tuchel said when asked whether a loss tomorrow would be the end of Chelsea’s title bid.
“They have dealt better with injuries and the Covid situation. Maybe it’s luck or they do it better.
“They have had less injuries and less weeks they missed them.
“They did not suffer from Covid as we did over many weeks, this is the huge difference.”
The Blues lost 1-0 to City at home in October, with Gabriel Jesus’ goal being the difference between the two.
Tuchel was accused of over-cautiously setting up his team, with City completely dominating from the off.
It was a surprise, given that the Blues boss had beaten Guardiola’s men in the three meetings prior, including the Champions League final victory in May.
And the German held his hands up for approaching the game too passively.
“My approach was the wrong approach, it made us too passive and defensive,” Tuchel admitted.
“It wasn’t meant like this but it turned out like this. So lesson learned.”
City could move an incredible 13 points clear in the title race with a win.
And a loss for Tuchel’s side may have them staring nervously over their shoulders, with their bid for Champions League football ahead of West Ham and Arsenal potentially being cut to just three points if results go against them.
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