Thomas Tuchel laments ‘critical mistakes’ after Chelsea surrender lead and lose to West Ham, but refuses to blame keeper Edouard Mendy for his costly mistakes
- Thomas Tuchel cursed Chelsea’s ‘big mistakes’ at West Ham
- Chelsea took the lead twice, but ended up losing 3-2 at London Stadium
- An enraged Tuchel says his side makes mistakes at the wrong time in matches
- West Ham are now just six points behind their West London rivals
Thomas Tuchel continued to curse Chelsea’s ‘big mistakes’ as they slipped to a 3-2 defeat at West Ham.
The Blues boss counted the cost of two blunders by goalkeeper Edouard Mendy as they were only beaten in the Premier League for the second time this season.
Chelsea led through a header from Thiago Silva as Mendy made an almighty mess of a weak Jorginho backpass and eventually knocked down Jarrod Bowen, enabling Manuel Lanzini to equalize from the spot.
Thomas Tuchel cursed Chelsea’s ‘big mistakes’ at West Ham
Chelsea boss refused to blame goalkeeper Edouard Mendy for costly mistakes in the match
Mason Mount’s superb volley gave Chelsea the lead again but Bowen secured them again before Mendy shoved a speculative attempt by Arthur Masuaku into his own near post to give West Ham a notable win and cast further doubt on title details of the Blues.
Tuchel said: “I don’t see our performance dropping. I think the performance was enough to win the game, but we gave away easy goals.
“We made big mistakes against Manchester United today and if you do it at this level you can’t expect results.
“We’re not good enough in the details at the moment. We should care about the details, not start by asking big questions or questioning the big picture. Without the big mistakes there was a good chance that we would win this game.
Mendy was defeated by Arthur Masuaku’s late try and had previously conceded a penalty
‘Edouard is going through a difficult period. Okay, his decision making wasn’t top notch on the first goal, but we put him in a tricky situation. He could have saved it, but he didn’t.
“We are far, far from blaming anyone, but we have to admit that we are making too many critical mistakes right now.”
A win over Chelsea is always welcome for West Ham, but this was all the better after three games without a win and cements their place in the top four in the ‘best of the rest’ position outside the title race.
David Moyes’ side had already beaten Liverpool at home this season and can now add the European champions to their list of high-profile scalps.
“I think we played better against Liverpool than today, I think we can play a lot better than we did,” said Moyes. “I thought Chelsea were playing well, but our character gave us a chance.”
Chelsea players were shocked after being up front twice at London Stadium
Masuaku’s goal was his first goal in the Premier League, but did the Congolese fullback mean it?
“It was a great crossing!” smiled Moyes. “But you have to get the ball into the penalty area, you have to try.
“It was a bit of a lucky goal but mid-week against Brighton a VAR decision was disappointing so you have to take what you get in football and we got that to win 3-2.”