Thomas Tuchel has urged Chelsea supporters to come together and help the team through their tricky patch of form after they were booed off the pitch following Thursday’s 1-1 draw with Everton.
The Blues dominated Everton from start to finish but were so wasteful in the final third. They had 80% possession and 23 shots on goal, but could only find the back of the net once and were met with a chorus of boos when the full-time whistle blew.
Tuchel’s men are now on a run of just two wins from their last six games, and neither of those victories – over Watford and Leeds – were particularly convincing.
The boss admitted that he understands the supporters’ frustrations but urged them to see just how unfair the Everton result was on his side.
“When you are not really underperforming but you don’t get the results, it is a bit of an awkward place because maybe then you have to admit you don’t have the one solution that can fix the problem,” Tuchel said (via ESPN) after the game.
“But it can help to speak it out and be honest about it. Maybe not this one, and this one and this thing to fix but maybe there are more reasons and it is a complex situation. [Against Everton], for me, I think we have all the right to admit it was purely down to bad luck.
“This game in all statistics, expected goals, is a clear win. The feeling would be totally different if we had a 3-0 win. We would praise the players [for] how they dealt with the situation. Who do we blame now? Mason Mount for not scoring in the first half? Reece James for not scoring? It is not possible. I will never, never do this.
“You get booed off, it happens, but I don’t think it is for the performance. I think the people come, they wish the best for us, they support us and in the end they are disappointed and we are as well. I absolutely refuse to take it personally.
“These things happen and I can just tell everybody: we need the support. We need the players on top level and we need the supporters on top, top, top level especially when things get a bit tough and a bit tight. We need them even more.”
Chelsea‘s next chance to set things right will come against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday, assuming the Blues’ Covid-19 outbreak does not get any worse.
Romelu Lukaku, Ben Chilwell, Timo Werner and Callum Hudson-Odoi have all tested positive for Covid-19, but Kai Havertz is back available for selection after his illness was confirmed to be unrelated to the virus.