Every word Thomas Tuchel said on Chelsea’s team selection, Leeds draw and Kai Havertz

The Blues drew 0-0 at Elland Road against Leeds United and here is what the head coach had to say post-match

 

Do enough to win the game today?

I think we could have won exactly the same game if we created enough chances, enough shots, enough touches in the box to score one or two goals. Unfortunately we did not so we have to live with the draw.
I think in the same way, it was a very difficult pitch in difficult conditions, very slippery, very bouncy, but we accepted all the difficulties, did an absolutely okay away game against a team that puts a lot of pressure on you.
We found many situations where we could escape the pressure, where we had high recoveries of the ball, but we were not clinical enough on the counter attacks, not enough determination and precision in the last touch so we have to live with the draw.
 

Need more from your attackers?

If you can split this game in different segments you would maybe answer this question with a clear yes.
But in my opinion it is not possible so it will always stay a team effort to attack and always be a team effort to defend. We have to admit that we put a lot of pressure up high the pitch, that our strikers never stopped working, that our front line never stops to put intensity and counter pressing.
So do they always arrive in the freshest moments? No they don’t. of course not in a game like an opponent like Leeds.

And still I believe we have the quality to use the chances better, to use the moments of half chances and counter attacks better, to create more and be more clinical.

But it stays our responsibility, my responsibility to create more and to maybe have more big chances, but if we win this game with one or two goals we would talk totally different about it and we will stay focused on the performance.

Lots of rotations?

Sometimes you make a lot of changes and sometimes you don’t make any changes at all. I don’t think we made many changes after Man United, Liverpool and Atletico.

Pulisic makes a return to the starting lineup today

After Liverpool, I felt it was good to make changes to reward the guys and have fresh legs and minds against Everton. If you compare the line up to the Liverpool away game, there’s not so many chances. I think there were two but of course, if you compare it to the last game it was a bit more.

But we have a strong squad, everyone deserves to play and show themselves. At some point you have to feel the changes, there will come moments where we will not do so many changes.

How did you think Kai Havertz got on today?

It was pretty much the same role that he had against Everton. Kai, I feel him comfortable in high positions. I feel him comfortable to drop into half spaces from the high position to maybe turn, drive and use his speed.

But he also arrives very naturally in the six yard box. He is comfortable finishing in our attacks.

He can play as a number 9, half striker or as a winger. These are his positions and today we used him again as a number 9. I am happy but unfortunately he couldn’t finish like he does in training and how his talent allows him to finish because we had enough chances and created enough chances for him to be the decisive guy.

He is comfortable in this position and I trust him in this position.

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