Thomas Tuchel shared his frustration at Chelsea duo Timo Werner and Kai Havertz for their ability to convert their chances in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Marcos Alonso broke the deadlock for the visitors in the 60th minute after being denied on several occasions by Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea. Cristiano Ronaldo equalized for the host two minutes later to earn a point for the host.
However, Thomas Tuchel is not happy with the performance of his two men upfront claiming they did not reach their peak in the game.
What was said?
He told Sky Sports:‘We had a lot of chances.
‘I think the two (Timo Werner and Kai Havertz) did not reach their peak performance today and if they did we would now be the winners.
‘That’s it but no need to point the fingers. We had enough chances to score today.’
The German also insisted that Chelsea deserved to win the match.
‘One team deserved to win and that was us. We didn’t take it,’ he said.
‘It was a very, very good performance but we were not decisive enough. We lacked a bit of determination in the box to win the game.
‘It sometimes happens. It’s on us to learn from it. You need to be clinical to get the reward. We have to live with a point but it’s not a fair result.
“We worked so hard to get the lead and suddenly the opponent gets one free shot and scores.
‘Reece James played a very good match and Mason Mount was unlucky with his decisions.’
Meanwhile, Thomas Tuchel expects Kai Havertz to fight back after the German was wasteful on Thursday night.
‘He needs to fight back into his shape. It is like this. Hopefully, he shows a reaction.
‘The guys in the attack are still young and we will not start pointing fingers because lately, they have been very, very composed and very efficient in front of goal.
‘Against Southampton and in the win [over Real Madrid] at the Bernabeu, we took our chances very well and very precisely.
‘It’s like this. When we look at the data and think about who plays and who does not play, we see a huge amount of intensity and sprints from Kai and Timo (Werner).
‘So they don’t arrive fully, fully fresh at the moment in these matches and that’s why we will always protect them because it’s a team game we play and we demand a lot off the ball to have high recoveries. But in the last few weeks, he had a kind of shape and form that he would’ve put this game to bed for us.’
Roy Keane claims Romelu Lukaku’s attitude against Manchester United did not seem right
Romulo Lukaku replaced Kai Havertz in the second half but the Belgian striker looked odd and did not add anything to the game.
He told Sky Sports:‘He’s come on against Man United, he was [a player] here, do you think, “I’ll show them my qualities”. ‘He came on and again, just ambling along, not that determined to get himself a goal. As much as his fitness levels, I think his attitude doesn’t seem right.’