Two of the second-half substitutes called upon by Thomas Tuchel during the 1-0 defeat by Juventus were willing to admit afterwards the Blues’ display was not of a high-enough standard to expect a result against a top-level Serie A side.
For Ben Chilwell, his third appearance of the season started before the Italians took the lead, but only just before with Federico Chiesa’s winner coming a mere 10 seconds after our defender’s half-time introduction. Callum Hudson-Odoi was one of three changes made together 15 minutes later by the Blues boss and having taken over at right wing-back, it was he who crossed for one of the four chances his side had late in the game. Romelu Lukaku headed that one wide.
‘We came with the mentality and determination to win and we gave it our best but it was not good enough,’ said Hudson-Odoi.
‘We know that and we have to go back and reflect on it. There is a lot to improve on and a lot to work on.
‘We did well in certain aspects but we can always do better,’ he added.
‘We were disappointed to concede a goal so quickly after the start of the second half and we reacted well, but we didn’t get the goal we should have got.’
Chilwell, who operated on the other flank, described the Juve goal as ‘a sucker punch’ due to its timing.
‘They built from that the longer the game went on,’ he continued.
‘They had a game plan and executed it very well. They grew in confidence, the crowd got behind them and it got more difficult for us to score. We did have a few chances but not enough clear-cut ones to win the game.
‘We had a lot of possession, we weren’t at our best but we stayed in the game until the very last minute when we had a chance to get a draw, which when you are not playing your best football is a good result when you come here.’
The squad’s next chance to return to winning ways in the Champions League comes on 20 October when we host Malmo at Stamford Bridge.