Chelsea

Thomas Tuchel admits comfort eating chocolate to cope with Brentford & Real Madrid defeats

Tom Gott
Tuchel was frustrated with Chelsea's performance
Tuchel was frustrated with Chelsea's performance / Craig Mercer/MB Media/GettyImages
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Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has admitted that he had to binge out on chocolate to cope with reviewing his side's recent humiliations at the hands of Brentford and Real Madrid.

The Blues gave up a lead to get thumped 4-1 by underdogs Brentford, before welcoming Real to Stamford Bridge and coming undone to a Karim Benzema hat-trick.

"The amount of chocolate I needed was immense to go through the match again and compensate," Tuchel admitted.

"You sit there in the middle of the night, it is not nice, you start writing and writing and writing and you realise that you are writing more and more, more minutes with a certain way of explaining things so that you don't forget it.

"At some point, you press the button to watch it in double speed, just so it passes quickly and then you know you're not in a good place. At some point, you have to stop and take a walk into the kitchen or the lounge and come back and press to calm down. It was not nice to watch."

One thing Tuchel had to review was the performance of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, who was guilty of a huge mistake for Benzema's third goal which killed any hope Chelsea had of getting back into the game.

"I hope it does not affect his self-confidence too much," Tuchel continued.

"This is what goalkeeping is also about, to accept mistakes and live with his mistakes and go back and help your team with performance, focus, re-focus, stay calm, and stay confident.

"He was never fully free of mistakes, also not last season. We helped him better. Maybe sometimes we were luckier. Of course, he can solve this situation much, much better [against Real Madrid] and he knows it.

"Once you play at this high level, you are in the spotlight. When you are so successful, like Edouard [has been] in the last couple of months, win so many trophies, and have as many successful games as he has, you are more in the spotlight.

"In any match, it is bad timing to do a mistake like this, but in a quarter-final, an occasion like this against Real Madrid is one of the worst moments you can do it.

"This is normally what goalkeepers, what Edouard, is made of. Now he can prove he is a true champion."

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