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Tuchel dismisses claims Chelsea lack a focus for their attack after Southampton defeat

‘It’s not a question of striker, no striker or what we have up front’: Thomas Tuchel dismisses claims that Chelsea have no focus for their attack after the Southampton defeat

  • Tuchel says it’s the ‘wrong question’ to examine Chelsea’s attacking lineup.
  • The Blues slipped 2-1 after taking the lead on Tuesday night
  • Tuchel blamed his team’s mentality for the second defeat in five league games

Thomas Tuchel believes examining Chelsea’s attacking lineup is the ‘wrong question’ after Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat at Southampton.

The Blues let slip a 1-0 lead at St Mary’s Stadium for their second defeat in five Premier League games.

Romeo Lavia and Adam Armstrong condemned Chelsea to a sobering defeat, with boss Tuchel later insisting that mentality was the main cause of the defeat.

Cheksea boss Thomas Tuchel is showing his frustration at Tuesday's defeat at Southampton

Cheksea boss Thomas Tuchel is showing his frustration at Tuesday’s defeat at Southampton

But Tuchel dismissed anything about the attack having any bearing on the Southampton defeat.

When asked if Chelsea still needed a focus in their attack, Tuchel replied: “That’s completely the wrong question to ask about an attack now.

“It’s about defence, goals have nothing to do with attack.

“We scored, we had enough chances, we can keep a clean sheet, we can stay at 1-1.

Raheem Sterling gave Chelsea a deserved lead but after that they lost control of the game

Raheem Sterling gave Chelsea a deserved lead but after that they lost control of the game

“It’s not a question of striker, no striker or what we have up front. That’s the wrong question for me at the moment.”

Chelsea were without N’Golo Kante, with Mateo Kovacic still working his way back to full fitness after suffering knee problems.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has picked up a hamstring problem at Southampton while Conor Gallagher is out through suspension.

Midfield may be one of Chelsea’s strengths but Tuchel explained the full extent of injury concerns.

Chelsea struggled to live with Southampton and lost the game after the Saints equalised

Chelsea struggled to live with Southampton and lost the game after the Saints equalised

“I know which squads the other teams have, I know the schedule,” said Tuchel. “And on Monday we had 16 players in training.

“I can’t dream of what will happen when we have everyone back, I just have to work with what I have on the training ground. And that’s not much at the moment.”

When asked whether the summer’s turbulent change of ownership could still have an impact, Tuchel replied: “Yes, maybe, but we know that the line between excuses and explanations is so fine.

Adam Armstrong's late first-half effort gave Southampton a rare win over Chelsea

Adam Armstrong’s late first-half effort gave Southampton a rare win over Chelsea

“So I better not go that route because I don’t want to give anyone a chance, myself, players, staff, no room for excuses.

“We have to find solutions, I think what will help is closing the transfer window. Then we know who is fully committed, what role everyone has to play and fulfill.

“And everyone, including myself, needs to step up to a new level of performance.

“These are okay performances, not a disaster, but it’s okay, but okay can never be enough.”

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