Thomas Tuchel disappointed that referee refused to look at his iPad as Chelsea beat Newcastle
Thomas Tuchel had a lot to be happy with.
His Chelsea team strolling to a 2-0 win against Newcastle United, making it five wins in a row for the West London club.
Chelsea totally dominating the first-half and at the break were two goals ahead, it could have easily been four or five.
Chelsea dropped off a bit after the break and appeared happy to pretty much coast to the victory, without having to extend themselves further.
Thomas Tuchel saying after the match he wasn’t as happy with the decisions the Chelsea players took in that second-half compared to the first. However, even if unintentionally, his players surely got from the manager that the game was won and not to take any chances pushing forward too much, which helped allow Newcastle to get forward slightly more and have a couple of chances. Chelsea still had further chances despite their more conservative approach, plus you felt that the home side could have stepped up from playing in first gear at any time if needed.
The Chelsea manager’s second-half subs proved that this indeed was his mindset, replacing attacking players Mount and Hudson-Odoi, with the more defensive Kante and James.
The one thing Thomas Tuchel was really unhappy with, was the tackle by Jamaal Lascelles on Tammy Abraham. Abraham in on goal in the first-half but dithered on his shot, allowing the Newcastle Captain to make a brilliant saving tackle.
Abraham eventually forced off injured and Thomas Tuchel disappointed that the referee said no to watching the incident on a Chelsea iPad: ‘My assistant tried to show him [referee Peter Bankes] the tackle on the iPad and he told us he was not allowed to talk to us. It was the tackle but we didn’t know he wasn’t allowed to watch.’
Thomas Tuchel a lot happier though when he looks at the Premier League table now.
When he arrived, Chelsea were ninth in the table, after 13 points in five games, Tuchel’s team have gained seven points on Liverpool as well as points on others, now sitting in the top four.
“I liked the first half.
“We played with courage and had a lot of touches in the box and a lot of shots.
“We managed to keep them away from our box and did not allow chances or even half-chances so I liked that a lot.
“During the whole match, we lacked precision in the last decision and we lacked decision-making in the box.
“We can be more deadly, more precise and more decisive that we create even more chances of our half-chances.
“In the second half, the first three or four minutes were more or less the picture for the whole half. We suddenly gave away two shots in the first two minutes, we lost duels, we had suddenly corners against us and I felt we had the feeling of something to lose.
“We played too many balls back when we could escape the pressure, we did not open up or keep the advantage to put the game into the opponent’s half. The counter-attacks in the second half were not precise or clinical enough to score a third goal and finish the game.
“We will never stop pushing because there is no other way.
“We knew that we could be in the top four if we won today but I can only tell everyone that there is still a long way to go, there are a lot of teams very close. We have a lot of games to play, we have a lot of big teams to play, there are many points to win.
“Now, it’s important for me that we take two days off and we recover mentally and physically and then prepare 100 per cent for Southampton because that will be the next challenge. At the moment this is our position but what matters is our position at the end [of the season].
“When we started we were a lot of points behind Liverpool with many teams between us and fourth place.
“So it was clear that it was not only in our hands, that we needed also results on other pitches to close the gap. This was the situation when we started and from there on we spent not one minute thinking about the other pitches and the other teams.
“We spent every minute with the team to focus on us, to prepare matches because we play in the toughest league. It can be a reward now to look at the table but it cannot distract us.
“From Thursday on the only focus will be on how to be ready for Southampton. We worked hard for this momentum, the players worked very hard to win all these games in a row, and we will keep going.’
“For the strikers the last per cent of confidence and belief come from goals, nothing else. But he [Werner] worked hard for that. In the last game he was very decisive with the assist and winning the decisive penalty for us. Again today he has an assist, and the goal, and this is super important for him. I’m happy because he put in a lot of effort and hard work off the ball. I think it was a big relief but we saw it coming.
“Many teams are very, very close. There’s a lot of big games to play and many points to win.
“We play in the most difficult league in Europe. But right now it’s the next fixture.
“There’s no update yet on Tammy [Abraham] but we needed to take him off after a hard tackle.
“So, we are worried, but there’s no news of him.
“My assistant tried to show him [referee Peter Bankes] the tackle on the iPad and he told us he was not allowed to talk to us. It was the tackle but we didn’t know he wasn’t allowed to watch. So okay, we didn’t realise that.
“We had the feeling it was a reckless tackle.
“He (Lascelles) played the ball, yes, but for me, it’s too much of a risk to an injury to the opponent. And because of that for me, it’s a foul.
“It’s reckless, but okay it was not like us to criticise, just to discuss with the officials.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Chelsea 2 Newcastle 0 – Monday 15 February 8pm
Giroud 31, Werner 39
(Half-time stats in brackets)
Possession was Chelsea 66% (68%) Newcastle 34% (32%)
Total shots were Chelsea 18 (12) Newcastle 10 (2)
Shots on target were Chelsea 5 (3) Newcastle 4 (0)
Corners were Chelsea 10 (7) Newcastle 5 (2)
Referee: Peter Bankes
Darlow, Krafth, Lascelles, Clark, Lewis, Willock (Carroll 79), Hayden, Shelvey, Saint-Maximin (Fraser 72), Almiron, Gayle (Joelinton 64)
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