The manager of Chelsea Football Club, Thomas Tuchel has slammed his players for the performance against MLS side, Charlotte FC.
The German was speaking at a press conference after the game which was played in the USA in the early hours of Thursday, July 21st, 2022, (CAT). Chelsea lost the game 5-3 on penalties, playing 1-1 in regulation time, Christian Pulisic opened the scoring for the Blues in the first half before the host got an equaliser in the last seconds of the second half from the penalty spot.
If we keep on struggling to not feel these things and to not finish these things off when they are, like, to finish, we will not be the first — it will not be the first time that we get punished. This is what happens if you keep opponents alive, if you keep belief alive, if you keep the stadium alive. Anything can happen in football. That’s why we love the game. This is on us. I had a feeling they played with more courage. They played man-on-man in almost man-on-man, man marking in the second half. We struggled to escape because we didn’t move enough, and ball possession was not precise enough. Our movement with the ball was not balanced enough to escape the pressure. So it was a pretty even game in the second half, and it’s not what we wanted, of course.
The supporters of the London club also got to see one of their latest signings, Raheem Sterling in action. Tuchel praised the Englishman for his work rate during the time he was on the pitch.