Chelsea’s odds at Premier League triumph this season took on yet another blow as it came away with a 1-0 away defeat to Manchester City on matchday 22.
The reigning UEFA Champions League winners did not have much to go their way from an attacking standpoint in this match. The side recorded a mere one total shot on target, as it had quite a difficult time in pushing up play into the final third.
In speaking to BT Sport after the result, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel touched on just where it went wrong for the Blues, as he noted that Romelu Lukaku and the side’s attacking unit upfront were unable to form keen chemistry with each other over the contest.
“We had eight or nine offensive transitions, but had zero touches in the box,” Tuchel said. “That was a big problem today, the performance of our front players — a lack of position, timing and composure.
“We lost too many balls too easily. Romelu Lukaku sometimes needs to do the service, he is included in this, he had many ball losses in very promising circumstances, he had a huge chance.
“We didn't have enough chances — we could have much more if we played with better timing and precision.”
As it stands, Chelsea sits at second place in the Premier League standings and 13 points behind league-leaders Manchester City. Even as the odds are not in his favor at this stage in the campaign, Tuchel is not throwing in the towel just yet at his side’s chances of making a late push to the top of the table, although he well recognizes that the reigning Premier League champions have been in potent form as of late.
“We will never give up, but if City keep winning every game, nobody can catch them,” Tuchel said.
Chelsea will have a quick turnaround for its next league match, as it will clash with Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday.