Soccer-Tuchel bemoans ‘rusty and sloppy’ Chelsea after West Brom thrashing

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Soccer Football - Premier League - Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - April 3, 2021 Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel Pool via REUTERS/John Walton

LONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea were uncharacteristically sloppy and showed signs of rust after a two-week international break which led to their 5-2 Premier League home loss to West Bromwich Albion, manager Thomas Tuchel said on Saturday.

Chelsea, who had previously conceded only two league goals since Tuchel took charge in January, were reduced to 10 men when Thiago Silva was sent off in the first half and went on to suffer their worst home defeat for nearly 10 years.

“We were clearly rusty, sloppy in the build-up in our own half. We had many unforced errors and we did not adapt well, to adapt our positions under pressure,” Tuchel told reporters.

“We gave away easy ball losses that in the end led to the red card and that cost us the game today… But I did not expect too much after the international break and the early kickoff.

“We were still sloppy on the counter-attacks, we had big chances… and we were again not precise enough and we missed a lot of opportunities to finish the game early.”

Tuchel, who suffered his first loss as Chelsea manager in his 15th game, said now was not the time to point fingers.

“We can’t lose our head. We can’t take away the trust that we have in these players,” the German added.

“It will be a hard afternoon for everybody I think, a hard evening… It’s our first loss together. It’s important to find a way to deal with it together.

“There were some quick words to calm everybody down and to delay the talks until tomorrow because now is too emotional, too much frustration. It’s not productive.”