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Thomas Tuchel lives up to Rio Ferdinand's "brutal" claim after damning Chelsea verdict


Chelsea lost to Juventus in Turin after Federico Chiesa netted the only goal of the game in their Champions League encounter just 11 seconds into the second half

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Thomas Tuchel pulled no punches in his post-match interview following Chelsea’s loss to Juventus in the Champions League, further backing up Rio Ferdinand’s claims in the BT Sport studio.

The Blues have lost their second match in less than a week, with a 1-0 defeat to Juve coming just days after their loss – by the same scoreline – to Manchester City at the weekend.

It has raised questions over Chelsea’s credentials, who were made one of the favourites to win the Premier League and the Champions League at the start of the season.

The defeat to the Italian giants also came about in less than impressive fashion, having conceded the only goal of the match just 11 seconds into the second half.

And Tuchel was furious with the manner of their defeat, living up to Ferdinand’s claim that the German can be “brutal”.








Thomas Tuchel was less than pleased with Chelsea’s defeat
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“It is impossible in this kind of level to concede a goal like this in the first seconds of the second half when you know what’s coming and you have defensive organisation like we have,” Tuchel said. “We got punished for it.”

Chelsea, at times, had up to 78 per cent possession but only managed one shot on target throughout the entire contest on Wednesday night in Turin.

Romelu Lukaku, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech all started but failed to make much of an impression and Tuchel has lambasted the lack of chances.





He added: “I don’t think we started sharp enough.

“We had possession and possession, but I think in the first 15 minutes we could have harmed them much more, we could’ve been much more sharper and putting the rhythm up high.

“There was plenty of spaces and we [should] have put much more dangerous balls into their box and asked more questions.”








Federico Chiesa scored the opening goal for Juventus just after half time
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Tuchel was in no mood to spare his players and that backs up Ferdinand’s comments made in the BT studio.

Prior to kick-off, it was discussed how Chelsea would bounce back from their weekend disappointment against City in the Premier League, where they lost at Stamford Bridge.

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And Ferdinand said: “I think what’s refreshing is he’s brutal but he’s very honest, he’s real and he’s very very raw, he doesn’t shirk the responsibility of coming before the camera and being brutally honest and saying how it is.

“I think players respect that as long as the integrity that he delivers it with and players they know when they’ve not performed and they’re due a call out in the public domain and it’s not come individually but as a collective and this result is about how you respond and that’s what he’ll be looking for after a fantastic start.”


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