The five-time Premier League champions, Chelsea spent £170 million in this summer's transfer window still looked uncertain in their defence against Leeds United on Sunday. However, The Blues manager Thomas Tuchel has termed the two opening goals as mistakes and didn't give credit to Leeds for the win.
Chelsea faced a humiliating 3-0 defeat from Leeds, who secured their Premier League 2022-23 berth on the final day of the last season. Edouard Mendy's howler resulted into the first goal for the home team followed by Rodrigo's header moments later. Jack Harrison scored the third goal for Leeds to ensure their first ever Premier League win against Chelsea.
However, the German manager has blamed the unavailability of plane for the coaching staff and his side's silly mistakes for their downfall. In a post-match interview, Thomas Tuchel told BBC, “Everything that can go wrong, did go wrong. It started yesterday [Saturday] We had no plane to arrive so we came on the bus. The players could fly but for the coaching staff it was a long ride on the bus. It continued today.
"We lost the game in the first 20 minutes, where we were clearly better and had huge chances. A lot of touches in the box but we miss the target and do not take what we deserve. We then stopped doing what we were doing good and it was even for 15 minutes and in those we gave two presents. We were clearly the better team. They do what they do. I don’t see that a set-piece and own goal [Mendy’s mistake] are due to the style. They are mistakes."
Tuchel was disappointed with his team as they failed to make the maximum of their chances in the second half. He asserted, "If we give goals away like this that are totally unnecessary and when we are totally in charge we cannot win football matches. We tried second-half and I am disappointed we lost that half as well. They made the maximum of their half-chances and we did not."
While asking about the possibility of signing few more players before the summer transfer window ends, Tuchel said, “I don’t know, we need to wait. The transfer period is still open. It gets later or later and we need to focus on what we have and what we can do. “We can play at a high level, but (on Sunday) we lost track and there was no need. We were not forced to lose track, everything was going well.”