Thomas Tuchel admitted that he sympathized with a Chelsea fan who took on Cesar Azpilicueta after his side. Stumbled with 4-2 defeat to Arsenal in Stamford Bridge.
Nerves were soured after Chelsea’s third successive home defeat, and Azpilicueta appeared to have done his best when he collided with an angry fan. “I wasn’t a part of it, I saw it, but, frankly, I can also understand the fan,” Tuchel said. “It was a wild and completely open game in the first half, it was already 2-2 after we came back twice.
“It was a good start but we missed the first goal again, which is impossible to do in successive matches. But we do. We came back twice and scored two more goals in the second half, unfortunately for the wrong side. It’s a level of fouls, the number of fouls in consecutive matches here. At home, it’s impossible at this kind of level. You don’t see it. It’s simply impossible, but we do it at the moment and you can’t win football matches like this.”
Chelsea, who remain in third place, have conceded 11 goals in their last three home games. They couldn’t handle it Arsenalwho breathed life into their challenge in the top four thanks to two goals from Eddie Nketiah, a superb shot from Emile Smith Rowe and a penalty kick from Bukayo Saka.
Arsenal lost their previous three matches, but the victory over Chelsea made them equal on points with Tottenham with six games left. “I told the players, if you want to play football in the Champions League, you have to go to these stadiums and beat the big teams,” Mikel Arteta She said.
“They did it and I am really proud of them, but I am even more proud of our reaction as a group in the past weeks. It gives me more energy to be here.”
Arteta praised Saka for scoring his first penalty since he lost the decisive ball England’s defeat by Italy in the Euro 2020 final.
“When it happened to Bukayo, it happened for a reason, and he’s been back strong ever since,” the Arsenal boss said. “But for him to have the courage to say ‘I’ll take it again,’ it had to be in the back of his mind. It was too powerful for him to say ‘I’ll do it.'”
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