We forgot we’re the better team – Tuchel blasts after Zenit draw 3-3 with Chelsea


Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has hit out his players for lack of effort following a 3-3 draw with Zenit in their final Champions League Group H fixture.

The result denied Tuchel’s men top spot ahead of Monday’s draw.

Juventus snatched pole position from Chelsea’s grasp, meaning the holders could now face Bayern Munich, among other teams, in the round of 16.

Tuchel was not impressed after his team conceded more than one goal for the first time in 19 games in European competition, having suffered a 3-2 Premier League defeat at West Ham United on Saturday.

“We were forgetting why we were the better team, which was because the level of concentration and the level of physical investment was high enough to be the better team,” Tuchel told reporters.

“Once this drops even 10%, once we start managing results and change our behaviour because of what the score is, we get punished. That happened to us at West Ham and it happened to us today.

“It’s very easy — you have to have a higher level of sprints, a higher level of intensity, a higher concentration level. The basics need to be pushed to a higher level.”

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