We were never at our highest level’: Tuchel’s give reasons Chelsea lost to City

‘We were never at our highest level’: Tuchel’s verdict on City loss

Manchester City controlled the game against Chelsea, with the performance leading to a loss for the Blues.

Assessing the game afterwards, Tuchel told BT Sport: “We lost the game and City deserved to win. Until the goal we were very strong in the last 20 metres of the field, but only there unfortunately.

“Everywhere else we were not good enough to relieve pressure and to hurt them.

“The performance was not complex enough. Overall, simply, we were not at our best level. After the goal it felt a little bit like the belief in winning was bigger than the fear of losing, I don’t know why.

“We tried to push and get the crowd behind us. It was a very emotional game but never on our highest level.

“We conceded a goal from a set play. Even if we wanted to go for long balls for Romelu [Lukaku] it was not precise enough.

“I didn’t really feel the belief that we could escape the short balls. It was doubtful and it felt like we had something to lose. We lacked a little bit of freshness also.”

Tuchel’s experiment with the 3-5-2 didn’t work out and the manager has to figure out how to ensure the team bounces back from the result.

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