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Thomas Tuchel denied that he was frustrated by Chelsea’s narrow win over Barnsley in the FA Cup, but admitted he wanted more.
Chelsea struggled to assert its dominance over its Championship opponents when they met in the fifth round. Tammy Abraham scored the only goal of the game with Chelsea’s only shot on goal.
Ultimately, it was enough for Tuchel to savor victory in his first FA Cup match. However, I would have hoped it would have been easier.
FULL MATCH REPORT: Chelsea does a tough job with Barnsley
Still, Tuchel was not too harsh on his players after the match, but admitted that he wanted them to show more courage.
He said BBC Sport: “We changed to a back four and took Marcos [Alonso] outside of this tactical change. Andreas [Christensen] He had to go out because his head hurt.
“The changes made it a little easier to get into the opponent’s half and overcome the first pressure.
“We did well at the beginning of the second half and constantly played in the opponent’s half.
“We scored the goal and I had the feeling that they increased the risk but we retired in the small decisions. He didn’t have enough courage and he was too deep for a long, long time.
“We can clearly play better, so yes, I expected more, but not in terms of frustration.
“If you lack rhythm and a little confidence in yourself and you have to show yourself in this field, against an opponent who takes risks and plays the game of his life, it is not easy. We can do better, but I don’t want to be too hard on the players. “
Chelsea they will face Sheffield United of the Premier League in the quarter-finals. Despite his low position in the league, Tuchel knows the Blades will pose a threat.
He said, “It’s going to be difficult. It is a very physical team that presses high.
“They are organized but I am happy to have a game at home. This is what we wanted. “
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Ishmael satisfied with Barnsley’s demonstration
Meanwhile, Barnsley manager Valerien Ismael was praised by his team for competing against a club the likes of Chelsea.
He said BBC Sport: “It’s exactly the game we wanted, we put in a great performance.
“We could see how far we can take our principles, make Chelsea make mistakes, we did it perfectly in the first half but we had to score.
“It was a change in the second half, Chelsea changed form and had more control. We were punished for a moment, which was a shame. But we keep fighting until the end, we are proud of the performance.
“We know we can compete at that level. Chelsea could have had a penalty, the goal could have been offside, they are 50/50. Tonight we go to bed with a good feeling. “
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