Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has admitted that his side’s performance against Watford in the Premier League on Wednesday night was unusual after Hakim Ziyech scored the winner that kept them at the top of the Premier League log.
It was a hard-fought 2:1 win for the Blues after a Watford fan suffered a cardiac arrest 12 minutes into the game.
It can be recalled that medical staff from both sides raced across the pitch to help the supporter after the incident. He was stabilized and carried out on a stretcher to be taken to a hospital.
Regardless, Chelsea opened the scoring after the match resumed via a strike by Mason Mount after 30 minutes of action. However, the lead didn’t last long as Emmanuel Dennis fired into the bottom corner before the break.
Chelsea were saved by Ziyech who came on as a substitute and slotted the ball past Bachmann to secure all 3 points for Chelsea and ensure they maintained their place at the top of the log for now.
“(It was a) very sloppy and it was a very unusual performance for us,” Tuchel said after the game. “I had the feeling we were not ready.
“I have to get the team ready and obviously I didn’t prepare them for what was coming because for the first time we were completely underperforming as a team.
“We did not cope well with the first balls, we did not cope well with the pressure and we did not cope well with the second balls.”
He added: “It was a very unusual performance for us so I think today that I will not like to focus long on this match because we play on Saturday again and there are some reasons that did not make it easy for us.
“Watford played with a lot of enthusiasm and we struggled in the basics. I don’t know why but it was like this.
“We are in this together and we got a lucky win today.”
When asked about the incident that resulted in a break in the game, Tuchel said: “All the best from us, all thoughts from Chelsea and from the dressing room. Hopefully, everything is going well – that is the most important thing.”
Meanwhile, Watford manager Claudio Ranieri believes that his side deserved a point at least after stretching the league leaders until the final whistle was blown.
“What can I say? It’s unbelievable what happened, but that’s football,” said the Watford boss.
“I’m very satisfied and very proud of my players and we must continue this way.
“I think we deserved at least a point, we played very, very well. I’m very proud of my players, that’s it.”