Thomas Tuchel says he hopes his Chelsea side’s humbling 5-2 defeat at home to relegation-threatened West Brom will be a wake-up call.
Doubles from Matheus Pereira and Callum Robinson and a strike from Mbaye Diagne steered West Brom to a shock victory at Stamford Bridge, following Thiago Silva’s sending off on 29 minutes for two bookings.
It was the first defeat Tuchel has suffered in charge of Chelsea since taking charge 15 games ago and while it leaves the Blues vulnerable to being leapfrogged in the table by London rivals West Ham and Tottenham this weekend, the German says his team need to respond quickly for their Champions League quarter-final first leg at Porto on Tuesday.
“After the red card we were not able to cope with the situation,” he told BT Sport immediately after the game. “I don’t know why but it was like this. We gave away very easy goals just before half-time. But in the second half, what could go wrong went wrong and we have to accept a big loss today.
“Hopefully it’s a big wake up call for all of us, me included. We will get the right response because this is sport and this is absolutely necessary. First of all, it’s important we digest it, because it’s a lot to digest. I did not see it coming. Now we have to take our responsibilities – me included – and shake it off and continue tomorrow.”
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