Thomas Tuchel frustrated to see Chelsea ‘give away’ another lead in Everton draw

Thomas Tuchel was left lamenting Chelsea’s failure to keep pace with their Premier League title rivals after missing too many “great opportunities” against Everton.

Chelsea slipped four points behind leader Liverpool after drawing 1-1 at Everton at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night.

Mason Mount’s first game in the 70th minute was called off by an effort by Jarrad Branthwaite for the visitors, who stole a point despite recording just five shots compared to the Blues’ 23 total over the course of the game.

Why was Tuchel frustrated?

Tuchel regretted his team’s lack of clinical advantage after the game, telling BT Sport: “Yes, of course (it’s frustrating) to give another advantage. If we see the effort we put in in a match like this, the effort we need to score a goal and the effort it takes for the opponent to score the tie is hard to swallow.

“We lost great chances to get the result in the first half and in the second half we did not find the rhythm consistently and we tried to bring in some energy from the bench, but it was difficult. We were leading and gave it away with a free one.” kick.

“Football is almost never one of the reasons that things go this way, but a big reason is certainly the opportunities we lost today. We could have been two or three up and played with fire.

“It is obvious that we miss a lot of players, great personalities, regulars, but we will not use that as an excuse.”

Chelsea missed ‘great personalities’

The Blues looked poised for a crucial victory after Mount’s brilliant finish late in the second half, with Tuchel being forced to leave out three key players due to positive COVID-19 tests.

Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner and Callum Hudson-Odoi are now isolating themselves, while Kai Havertz was also absent due to illness, and Chelsea appeared to have no spark in the final third in his absence.

The hosts were punished when Branthwaite flew home in the 74th minute, and Tuchel did not throw any punches in assessing what went wrong.

“We missed opportunities and struggled to find a high rhythm in the second half,” he added to BBC Sport.

“We had no one in the bank, we put the last ones in that [we had] available and we lack great personalities and quality.

“Liverpool is Liverpool, Man City is Man City. We do what we do, we have seven players out and we had opportunities to miss the game.”

Pressed on the growing number of calls to postpone the season amid rising COVID-19 cases in England, Tuchel responded: “I will not get involved in this sports policy. We are all concerned about COVID, it is close to us.” We had four positives.

“Other games are canceled, ours is not, so we have to do everything we can to win it.”