Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has no doubts his side can sort out their problems quickly if they focus on the details after a 3-2 loss to West Ham United over the weekend took them from first to third in the Premier League. “There is no need to question the big picture and no major doubts,” Tuchel said on the club’s website. “In my opinion… it’s all about the details. That’s why I think we can sort it out right away.
“Nobody wants to make mistakes, but it won’t help if we just say, ‘Hey, don’t make mistakes anymore. “We have to be better at decision-making at crucial times … so that we can have clean sheets or concede as much as possible.” The German added that he made a mistake in squeezing Romelu Lukaku off the bench at half-time in place of injured Kai Havertz, claiming the Belgian striker lacked physical form for the game.
Lukaku did not play for more than a month after being sidelined by an ankle injury, and only played briefly against Manchester United and Watford. “It’s my fault. I don’t think he’s physically ready for 45 minutes, but we still decided to bring him to his size because we lost Kai,” he added. “Kai was instrumental in defending the set pieces which is a huge threat from West Ham.”
Chelsea face Russians Zenit St Petersburg on Wednesday in their final Champions League group stage game. Chelsea have advanced to the round of 16 but are tied by 12 points with Juventus at the top of Group H.
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