Chelsea are missing “everything,” according to Thomas Tuchel, following a 1-0 Champions League defeat at Dinamo Zagreb.
Mislav Orsic’s early goal stunned the 2021 Champions League winners at the Maksimir Stadium, and Chelsea suffered their first defeat in Group E.
Tuchel, the Blues’ manager, cut a disgruntled figure on the touchline in Croatia.
Despite controlling possession throughout the game, the Blues lost early on the counter-attack and failed to respond.
Chelsea’s new owners spent a Premier League record £273 million on transfers this summer, but the Blues are still in transition.
Tuchel, though, will be acutely aware that time is seldom an elite manager’s friend, and will demand response in Saturday’s Premier League London derby at Fulham.
Chelsea has now failed to maintain a clean sheet in six consecutive games this season, leaving manager Tuchel focused on addressing the growing problems.
When questioned if his squad had lost confidence, Tuchel answered, “It appears so, it’s difficult to fight against it.”
“At halftime, we made some adjustments, encouraged them, instructed them to play with more emotion, to play tougher, and to step up.”
“But it’s certainly difficult for us right now.”
“This has nothing to do with apprehension; it is a fact.”
“It’s underperformance from us, which is a bit of a recurring theme.
“We had a good start, but we didn’t finish our half-chances, and we didn’t feel it when the game was already over in the first 15-20 minutes.”
“Then we concede one counter-attack, which is way too simple, and we struggle from there.”