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Thomas Tuchel explains how Chelsea responded to Man City & Juventus defeats

Tom Gott
Tuchel led an impressive response from Chelsea
Tuchel led an impressive response from Chelsea / Robin Jones/GettyImages
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Thomas Tuchel admits Chelsea spent days searching for the correct way to respond to consecutive 1-0 defeats to Manchester City and Juventus in September.

Flying high at the time, the Blues were thoroughly outplayed by City at Stamford Bridge, before heading to Turin without any answers as a Federico Chiesa strike saw them temporarily surrender top spot in their Champions League group.

Since those defeats, however, Chelsea have won nine and drawn one of their ten games in all competitions, including a 4-0 mauling of Juventus in midweek which highlighted just how well the team had responded.

"We had a little meeting, a very short one right after the match in the dressing room, and then on the way home," Tuchel said (via the club's official website) when asked to explain the reaction to the defeats.

"We changed a bit the approach towards the team with a bit in training and a bit in our style of playing. It's not about being super-angry or blaming somebody, but it was the moment to turn every stone and this is what we did for the next days in the coaching office, to find the mix between being honest, being critical but also supportive, to show a way out of this in which we believe and that suits us.

"That obviously is with the help of the team. With the openness of the team and the mentality, we did it.

"We hate to lose but sometimes it happens and we clearly were not on our best level. We lacked a certain sharpness, we looked not very confident on this particular day. We were not happy with the performance and the result and it was a moment to shake things up, but not in a crazy way."

Having praised his players for their response, Tuchel also took the chance to hail his coaches for sticking together and working out the perfect plan of action.

He continued: "It hurts me every single time, make no mistake. I'm super-protected by my staff, they know me, I know them, and then we have new input here [within Chelsea] with our two assistant coaches and the goalkeeper coaches.

"We're all in one office, we also are like one team and we are brutally honest to each other. Sometimes I confront them with my doubts, somebody else has doubts, we all have different opinions, and then we start digging and start asking ourselves what here is on us, how did we not see it, could we have seen it, what could we have done better, what can we change. Everything is on the table.

"You need to have trust and openness within the team to figure out which way we go and which way we show to the team. It is my job to lead a process like this and then to focus on one or two solutions and bring them to the players.

"Sometimes it is necessary to refocus, resharpen and be honest and critical with a team and show them a way out, and then also demonstrate that you are still with them and back them up because we do this together."

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