Tuchel - Blues 'lucky not to lose'

21 April 2021 17:30:35 GMTPlus10

Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel said his team were "mentally tired" and did not deserve to win following their 0-0 draw at home to Brighton on Tuesday.

The Blues moved back into the Premier League top four following the goalless draw, but they missed out on the chance to put pressure on their rivals.

We wanted to be in a place number three after this game.

Thomas Tuchel

A win for Tuchel's side would have taken them into third above Leicester City, but they now trail the Foxes by one point, while Brendan Rodgers' side have played one game less.

Tuchel made several changes to his starting XI, and his team looked flat and lacked a spark in the final third.

Albion enjoyed the best chances late on, but Adam Lallana fired wide, while Danny Welbeck's effort from distance rattled the post.

The Seagulls were reduced to ten men when Ben White was shown a second yellow card in stoppage time, but Chelsea ran out of time to pounce, with the visitors moving seven points clear of the relegation zone.

Chelsea have only lost two of their 20 games played since Tuchel took charge, but the German admitted his side did not deserve anything for the first time since he replaced Frank Lampard.

He told Match of the Day: "We are disappointed. We wanted to have the win and know how crucial these moments are. We wanted to be in a place number three after this game.

"We did not make it and were lucky not to lose. We made big mistakes, looked tired, mentally tired. We did not deserve to win, which is maybe for the first time since I come here."

Chelsea could improve their advantage over fifth-placed West Ham when the two teams meet at the London Stadium on Saturday.

The Hammers are 5.25 to win, the draw is 3.90, while Chelsea are priced at 1.65 to grab all three points.

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