“I saw a response immediately”

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel knew the immense importance of showing a reaction to their heavy 5-2 defeat against relegation struggling West Brom at the weekend.

They didn’t just have any old game to bounce back in though, it was a huge Champions League quarter final match against Porto, so it was even more important that they regained the composure and momentum that they were showing in the 14 games prior to the West Brom defeat.

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Thomas Tuchel demanded a reaction, and he says that he saw such a response the day after the defeat at the weekend in training, so he knew his players were ready to put things right.

Chelsea have now put themselves in a perfect position to qualify for the semi finals of the Champions League, and although the result was excellent, the performance was a little gritty.

Tuchel though, was pleased with the spirit of his players, as he explained after the match, via Goal.

He said:

“It was a tough match against a strong Porto side. There were many moments where we suffered. We accepted it. The circumstances are a bit different in a quarter-final. The spirit was good and it was an excellent result.

“I was pretty sure about that [they’d react well after the WBA defeat]. I saw a response immediately in the dressing room and the next day. That wasn’t a big concern. We were ready to respond. There will always be setbacks in sports. The biggest challenge is to bounce back.

“We had a lot of excellent results together, then we had a loss together and then a reaction after a loss together. That brings us closer together and increases the trust.”


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