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Tuchel’s Chelsea Suffered Twice In Stamford Bridge : They’ve Bounced Back In Style Against The Saints

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Thomas Tuchel had admitted that he barely slept on Wednesday night following the defeat to Real Madrid but believed that immediately analysing his Chelsea side’s performances was the best formula for long-term success as he stated in the press conference with Chelsea FC.

The German had said he wanted to decipher the match in full before giving an honest assessment to the players. His side slipped into a second successive defeat at Stamford Bridge which was the second time under Tuchel’s guidance in midweek.

“I watched it when I got home and in the middle of the night. The next morning, I watched it here [at Cobham] and got angry again,” said the German.

“I don’t know if the meeting is a turning point, you need to take care of the process. And the process [on Thursday] was, to be honest with the team and explain your reactions and why it’s like this,” said Tuchel to BBC.

“It was more that I gave my point of view and that’s sometimes necessary.”

Chelsea’s defeats came after the international break following the sanction of Russian Owner Roman Abramovich by the UK government. Despite having to face the loss for only the 11th time upon his arrival, he had said the recovery and reaction to the recent defeat to Los Blancos were not too far off from the others.

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Chelsea Bounce Back In Style And Come Back Stronger

They wasted no time in asserting their dominance against Southampton, as Marcos Alonso fired them into an early lead after a brilliant assist from Mason Mount, and the Number 19 soon got in on the act himself by scoring two goals of his own. Timo Werner bagged a brace proving he can still be the main man, while Kai Havertz got the other one in an absolutely dominant victory which was no less than the performance they deserved to display.

It was easy. It was soothing. It was a barrel of goals shared widely. Edouard Mendy faced one shot and saved it, while the back three delivered a clean sheet. Smiles all over the place. Granted, it was merely the calm before the storm of Real Madrid on Tuesday and amid the greater troubles of their ownership situation, but sometimes a good walk helps.

As for the upcoming fixtures that are very crucial for the Blues ahead, coming to a draw with Real Madrid after a 3-1 defeat in the first leg will be very tough prior to the FA cup semi-finals against Crystal Palace on Sunday next week. The thought of defending the Champions League title hangs by a thread. Tuchel seemed to have a fun day at work, but the threat is still looming upon them.

“It’s necessary so the players understand if the manager is sometimes angry. I think I had some reasons and I presented my reasons and from there on we go”, the German has said to BBC.

It was alarming for the Blues to have conceded 7 goals in the last two matches. The backline was out of shape and they had been tactically weak in creating opportunities at the front. Chelsea are to defend themselves at the Bernabeu next week, the fans have been disappointed with their club’s performance but the recent display brings back a little hope. Everyone awaited a response from Tuchel’s side against the Saints and they’ve come screaming with a 6-0 win over Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.

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