Incumbent Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel who hasn’t been at the club for upto a year and had been fantastic since his appointment, has urged fans to support the team when the going gets tough.
The Blues were held to a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge by an understrength Everton side.
Chelsea, despite creating a lot of clear cut chances, were wasteful in front of goal and were hit back immediately by Everton after taking the lead through Mason Mount.
After the full time whistle, there were chorus of booing from the home fans, as Chelsea dropped points for the third time in five games.
The German coach Tuchel, has been adamant and has refused to criticize the form of his attackers and has pleaded with the fans to back the team instead of booing them.
He said “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.”
Tuchel questioned himself about Who to 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.”
“Yeah quite a lot things unexpected happens. You get booed off, it happens, but I don’t think it is for the performance.
“Yes I know fans come,cheer and support us, yes we try to get things well, performance good but at the end didn’t win they get disappointed so as we too.
“For me I always refuse to take that personal but has to urge fans for a positive support.”The German coach feels the support is crucial now for Chelsea to get back to winning ways.
“In football is not quite new we all do know that”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.”
The European champions will have to act fast and need to find their goal-scoring touch soon because Chelsea’s draw against Everton saw them lose more ground to league leaders Manchester City.
The Blues are now four points behind the pace-setters with nearly half the games played.
The German coach was without many first team players. The trio of Timo Werner, Romelu Lukaku, and Calum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for COVID-19 and were ruled out.
With the absent of several first choice attacking players, the Blues looked pretty profligate in front of goal. But the issues were there to be seen even before the Everton game.
Their two strikers, in the persons of Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner have to hit the ground running when they return and avoid Chelsea losing ground to the two teams above them.