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Thomas Tuchel slams Chelsea players for “stopping defending” in 4-1 defeat to Brentford


Thomas Tuchel took aim at his Chelsea players and their defending after they conceded four second-half goals in a shock defeat to Brentford at Stamford Bridge

Thomas Tuchel felt his Chelsea side “stopped defending” as they shipped four against Brentford at Stamford Bridge.

The west London derby was expected to be a routine home win but instead the relegation-threatened side grabbed a much needed three points. Antonio Rudiger had given the Blues the lead in the second-half before the Bees scored four – including three in the space on ten minutes.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel blasted several aspects of his team’s performance following the 4-1 defeat to Brentford at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues struggled in the first half and looked sluggish, with the Bees firmly on top in the opening stages. However, Thomas Frank’s side could not take advantage before the break.

And it was actually Chelsea who took the lead through an Antonio Rudiger thunderbolt off the post.

Nevertheless, Brentford hit back two minutes later and scored three goals in a blistering 10-minute spell to seal a famous win.

Chelsea subsequently responded and had chances to test Brentford’s nerve. Ultimately, though, they were not as clinical as the Bees, who had Christian Eriksen to thank for one of the goals in another landmark for the Dane after his return from a cardiac arrest.

We lost control for 10 minutes,” Tuchel told Sky Sports in his assessment. “It was a tough start for us which is also not the first time after an international break.

“We were OK in the first half and had a very good start to the second half and took the lead. Maybe we thought it was already done and we got punished in 10 minutes.

“In general we allowed too many shots and in general we lacked energy. We looked mentally tired which is normal after being around the world.