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Thomas Tuchel blasts individual mistakes for Chelsea’s defeat at West Ham

Liverpool and Manchester City have been given the opportunity to send Chelsea down to third in the Premier League after the Blues lost 3-2 to West Ham on Saturday afternoon

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Chelsea lost their first game of the season on Saturday afternoon as they were beaten 3-2 by London rivals West Ham, a defeat which Blues boss has blamed on individual errors.

Arthur Masuaku scored his first-ever Premier League goal in the 87th minute when his cross curled into the back of the net to land the spoils.

Tuchel’s side initially took the lead in the 29th minute when veteran defender Thiago Silva nodded home from a corner.

Manuel Lanzini then equalised from the penalty spot in the 40th minute after goalkeeper Mendy fouled Jarrow Bowen.

England international Mason Mount then put his boyhood club back in the lead on the cusp of halftime when he met Hakim Ziyech’s sweeping pass on the volley which beat Lukasz Fabianski at his near post.

Thomas Tuchel was not happy with the individual mistakes that some of his players made
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Bowen then made it 2-2 when he curled a great effort past Mendy in the 56th minute before Masuaku sent the London Stadium into a frenzy.

Speaking to BT Sport after the defeat, Tuchel didn’t shy away from pointing the finger at his players for the result.

He said: “ I don’t think we did a bad match, it was an okay match. It’s tough to play here. We had too many individual mistakes, it was the same against Man Utd and Watford. We talked about it before and obviously, it didn’t help. That’s the story.

“Everybody is involved, the decision is not the best to pass the ball back. Decision making is not best from Edu (Edouard Mendy) in this moment.

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West Ham’s first equaliser was very avoidable and Tuchel was, understandably, infuriated to concede due to the errors.

Jorginho’s back pass to Mendy was under-hit and put the Senegal international in a predicament, but on two separate occasions the goalkeeper tried to hold onto possession rather than clearing his lines.

Mendy, again, could also be blamed for the third Hammers goal considering he had a long time to watch the flight and curl of the ball before letting it in at his near post.

Former PSG manager Tuchel continued: “We created a lot of half-chances. Had a lot of touches in the box. Sometimes you need luck with a deflected shot, which we didn’t have. But, the third one was a strange one.

Arthur Masuaku scored a rather fortunate winner in the 87th minute
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“We could not finish it with clear and better chances, be more ruthless. We struggled a bit, defensively too. We have a horrible pass back in the feet of the opponent. You cannot do that in the top level.

“Every loss is a bump in the road, that will not hold us back with what we demand from us. We need to play more accurately and more stable.”

The defeat hands title rivals Liverpool and Manchester City the opportunity to overtake the Stamford Bridge outfit, and if both win then Chelsea will find themselves in third-place heading into their home match against Leeds next weekend. By that time, Tuchel may have several more players available as his squad have been majorly affected by injuries in recent weeks.

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