Thomas Tuchel was animated for a large portion of the 90 minutes in Chelsea‘s 1-1 draw with Burnley and he carried that energy into his initial post-match interview for the television cameras.
However, the German did seem calmer and more level-headed by the time he got round to his post-match presser.
On touchline drama with Dyche
“I will not talk about it now. Maybe it was fun for you but I will not talk about it. I learned in my career as a coach not to comment on referees and other coaches. Just look at me. So I will not comment.”
The Chelsea and the Burnley benches were constantly bickering. Burnley coach Steve Stone actually told a member of the Chelsea management team to “show some f*cking respect”, in the latter stages of the first-half. Stone’s comment could well have been aimed at the collective coaching team as opposed to one individual.
Tuchel did not downplay the drama like Burnley manager Sean Dyche did, but he did refrain from commenting on it too much. He noted that the issue was something that would entertain the media and, despite being pushed to comment further, he declined to get involved in a war of words.
On Burnley being “lucky”
“Very lucky but that’s football. Were we lucky in the first of these seven matches to escape with a clean sheet against Brentford? Yes, we were. So, of course, they were lucky but that’s why everyone loves the game because it’s possible to win matches like this.
It was a comedown from Tuchel’s emotional post-match interview, in which he branded Burnley as being “lucky” whilst struggling to hide his frustrations.
In truth, it was a game that his team dominated and they win nine games out of ten that are played out in such a fashion. However, he recalled how Brentford outplayed his men only a few weeks ago and conceded that sometimes you get some luck and sometimes you do not.
On the performance
“We collected first and second balls, did so much invisible work as a team to control a match like this.
“We created so many chances so it was a fantastic effort and a fantastic performance. So I am super happy. It can happen in football, sometimes unfortunately like today, that somebody else steals some points and is lucky.”
Tuchel was very complimentary about his team’s efforts and it’s tough not to be. Chelsea were rampant and they created a number of good openings. They win by three or four goals on another day but there was just a lack of cutting edge.
A fit and firing Romelu Lukaku could have been the difference maker for the Blues.
“It was the perfect position for Ross to start today. He waited a long time and he has made a huge impact in our matches when he came on [from the bench]. He had a good match. He had the match points on his left foot, when you see him in training, he is maybe even stronger on his left foot in this position.
“Of course, before that we had a huge chance with Callum [Hudson-Odoi] and Thiago Silva. I think if we score a second one then we would score a third and fourth one with no comeback possible.
“He is angry at himself, he created chances and we had chances in the first and second half so no one points fingers at him.”
Ross Barkley was given a rare start for Chelsea and he missed a good opportunity before departing. But Tuchel notes that he was not the only profligate member of the team.
Callum Hudson-Odoi and Thiago Silva were named but you could add Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger and Kai Havertz to the mix as well.
However, more promising for the former Everton man is that his manager highlighted him for praise. Barkley might not have contributed with a goal or an assist but he was lively from the first whistle.
Quite whether he can nail down a regular place in the team remains to be seen, but he has the ability to feature regularly at another Premier League club.