Tuchel: We had a lot of question to answer

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Thomas Tuchel admitted Newcastle United gave them a tough time in the game as he insists he will stay committed to the club despite situation around the club.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said they had a lot of question to answer against an inform Newcastle side on Sunday.

The Blues hosted the Magpies and got the whole three points in the game following Kai Havertz last goal in the match.

Tuchel during his press conference admitted that it was a tough game against Newcastle as he claims the Magpies were strong physically and with set pieces.

The German insists they were strong defensively and also at the middle of the pitch but found it difficult to trouble Newcastle’s defence.

“It was a tough game,” he explained post-match. “Newcastle were very organised, very physical and very strong at set-pieces.

“We had a lot of questions to answer. I thought we were strong in defence and in the middle of the pitch but we struggled a little in the final 30 metres with our decision-making and creating chances was difficult.

“It was very important not to concede but then when a chance came along, if we could find that one bit of quality, that we took it to win the game.”

Tuchel compatriot Havertz rescue Chelsea with his perfect goal in the game and the manager praised him for his effort on and off the pitch.

“It was quality from Kai, an exceptional goal. The pass [from Jorginho ] was excellent and the control and the finish was outstanding, so full credit to Kai.

“He works hard in every game and that is shown in his running, the distances he covers and the high intensity work he puts in so to still have the ability, confidence and composure to take the ball in that moment and in the way that he did was very good.

“It was a moment of pure class and we needed that quality to break Newcastle down. Kai delivered for us today and then you could see in the last four minutes what a goal does for a team.

“We were so good and suddenly it was easier to find the gaps, to keep the ball, to open up spaces and switch the play – everything was so much easier and more fluid.”

Chelsea are still facing challenges with the UK Government’s sanction on current owner Roman Abramovic.

The Blues are unable to sell ticket for upcoming game due to UK’s restriction but ticket holders will be able to attend matches.

The Club might change owner very soon as the club has been put up for sale but in between Tuchel says he will stay committed to the club.

“There is no doubt that I stay until the end of the season. We just have to wait day-by-day because everything can change. The situation is clear, the club is up for sale and hopefully it will go through to sort things out. I have no further information.

“The focus is on the first team of Chelsea, on me and the players, but Chelsea is much more than only the first team. It’s a massive club with huge tradition and there are hundreds of people here so for them it’s important that we show the spirit and show what we are about, which is football because we love the game.”

 

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