Tuchel on lack of sharpness and a ‘cheap’ goal making the difference against Juve

Thomas Tuchel bemoaned a costly soft goal conceded within seconds of the restart and a performance that lacked sharpness as reasons behind his side’s Champions League defeat at Juventus.

Federico Chiesa’s strike 10 seconds after the interval proved decisive as the Blues drew a blank for the second time in five days. After the final whistle in Turin, Tuchel reflected on a difficult night on which his reigning European champions were beaten.

‘It is impossible when you’re at this level to concede an easy goal as what we did tonight, especially in the first seconds of the second half,’ he said.

‘We have to be able to defend this and be set up but we were punished and it was very frustrating.’

Tuchel pinpointed a lack of incisive pressure in the final third…

‘We had a lot of possession but we did not start sharp enough. In the first 15 minutes or so, we had plenty of opportunities to counter and put the rhythm on the opponents much, much higher in the pitch and in dangerous parts. We needed to ask much more questions than we did tonight.

‘We gave away two crucial ball possessions that could have hurt us and we can’t have this at this level. They were so deep and so passive and we struggled to find our rhythm and apply our intensity.

‘It was slow in our decision-making and we lacked that sharpness. We didn’t look fresh today and that surprised me in the moment because yesterday in training we looked sharp.’

The boss revealed his five changes were designed to make a difference rather than prove any point…

‘I just wanted to give an impact from the bench.

‘We had five substitutions and we wanted to use them. We have trust in the players who were on the bench and we wanted to give fresh legs and new energy.’

He also discussed our continuing lack of shots on target…

‘Maybe it’s a shooting problem because if you don’t shoot then you cannot be on target. When you play against a deep block like today, it is allowed to take shots.

‘We found the spaces but it was not easy to get a lot of shots, even though there were some chances late in the game where it’s not so hard to find the target.’

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