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Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has outlined a key tactical flaw on his side that he wants to eliminate if his team wants to progress.
The German manager he spoke at Friday’s press conference, following Thursday’s FA Cup win over Barnsley.
The Blues advanced to the quarterfinals with a 1-0 win, but he faced a tough test from his Championship opponents.
In fact, the second division team controlled periods of the game and had Tammy Abraham work for their first-half winner.
Chelsea made 10 changes from the team that beat Sheffield United last weekend. However, Tuchel insisted that this should not be an excuse for his team’s “struggles”.
When asked if he needed to be “tough” on his players, the manager told reporters (via football, london): “No, it doesn’t need to be too harsh, it doesn’t need to be too strict, it needs to be clear.
“There are things we can do much better than yesterday at Barnsley.
“We barely managed to get into the opponent’s area. It was very difficult to escape the first pressure to put the game in the opponent’s half. So we fought for 45 minutes, the first half. “
Tuchel added that his players have an “uncomfortable feeling”, which he is also keen to finish.
As such, he talked about how he told his players the “truth” in the locker room, which his players can recognize when their performance fails.
Tuchel provides updated information on Chelsea injuries
Meanwhile, the manager also provided an update on the fitness of some of his Chelsea stars, ahead of Monday’s clash with Newcastle.
Andreas Christensen left during the clash with Barnsley, but the defender only had a headache.
Thiago Silva still has a thigh problem, but Chelsea they are “trying, trying” to have him back for next Saturday’s clash with Southampton.
On the other hand, Timo Werner suffered a dead leg against Sheffield United and Kai Havertz has a minor problem.
Tuchel said: “It should be absolutely fine for Timo Werner to come back. Maybe it’s too close for Kai, yet, and safe for Thiago. For Thiago we are targeting Southampton, we are trying, trying hard. Let’s see if you can do it, we can’t promise.
“And for Kai, let’s see if he’s out today. It will be very little time for Kai, so maybe he will miss this match too. “
Chelsea beat Newcastle 2-0 at St James’ Park in the previous meeting between the clubs this season.
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