‘It was a poor performance’ – Tuchel reacts after 1-1 draw with MLS club

Thomas Tuchel
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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was far from impressed with the performance of his team in the 1-1 draw against Charlotte FC.

Chelsea started the brighter of the two sides, with Christian Pulisic scoring the opener 30 minutes into the game.

The second-half was poorly played by Chelsea, and the home side ended up scoring a late penalty kick to draw levels.

Speaking after the game, Thomas Tuchel lamented about the display, as he was left frustrated with his team’s output in the ‘last 20 meters of the pitch’.

Tuchel also bemoaned the lack of hunger and effort shown from his side.

“In general, I would say we played a good first half but unfortunately, only 80 metres of the pitch,” Tuchel said.

“The last 20 metres of the pitch were not good enough, even in the first half. We found a lot of spaces to accelerate and penetrate the box but we struggled with our decision-making and precision in the last 20 metres.

“This was simply not good enough for the effort and quality we showed in the first 80 metres of the pitch and the amount of space we had, and the number of attacks we created, there were not enough clear chances and deliveries in the last 20 metres.

“We also have to say we allowed two big chances out of nothing in the first half, otherwise I think we played a very good match in all the other aspects.

“Second half, it took us half an hour to show some quality and then it was maybe for ten minutes, so it was not good at all. Not offensively, not structure-wise, not in effort, hunger to be the dominant team. It was not good enough.”