Tuchel says Chelsea failed to show courage

Thu 11 February 2021 | 23:52

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel was not content with his side’s performance during their 1-0 victory over Barnsley at Oakwell Stadium.

Thomas Tuchel blamed


’s lack of courage in their narrow FA Cup 1-0 victory over Championship side



Tammy Abraham

scored the winner with his side's only attempt on target to book a quarter-final home tie with

Sheffield United


Barnsley were by no means outplayed by the Premier League giants, with Tuchel admitting that his side were well below their best.

Tuchel told reporters post-match:

"We changed to a back four [at half-time] and took Marcos [Alonso] out for this tactical change. Andreas [Christensen] had to go out because he had a headache.

"The changes made it a little easier to get into the opponents half and overcome the first press.

"We did it well at the start of the second half and played constantly in the opponents half.

"We scored the goal and I had the feeling that they increased the risk but we stepped down in the little decisions. Not enough courage and it was too deep for a long, long time.

"We clearly can play better, so yes I expected more but not in terms that I am frustrated.

"If you lack a rhythm and a bit of self-confidence and you have to show on this pitch, against an opponent that takes all the risk and plays the game of his life, that is not easy. We can do better but I don’t want to be too hard on the players."

Chelsea are now on a five-game unbeaten run since Tuchel took charge in January and will face Sheffield United in the quarter-final on the weekend of 20-21 March.

source: SportMob