Thomas Tuchel’s Mourinho-style start to his Chelsea career continued with a goalless draw against Manchester United, which maintained our most excellent defensive record (only 2 conceded in the 9 games so far), but also maintained our attacking habits. much less excellent (only 10 scored in that same period).
Of course Manchester United are tough to beat on the road (20 unbeaten away from Old Trafford now) and our recent record against them is pretty poor (seven without a league win), but ultimately what decided that game was so different against Atlético. Madrid in the middle of the week, that moment of absolute quality did not arrive. And when you play in a way that creates few of those moments, each one takes on the utmost importance.
“I had the feeling that we deserved to win, but at this level, the details decide. Maybe there aren’t many opportunities and we needed luck that we didn’t have either.
“It was a solid performance in the second half, good energy, a lot of courage, very aggressive and a good performance in the second half.”
In isolation, a draw is not the worst result, matching the result of the reverse match earlier this season, and certainly improving on our losses at home and away from last season.
But in the context of the current qualifying and our fight for the top four, it’s another two points down, and four points down in the last two weekends, making future margins even more miniscule. As it stands, we are still one point away from fourth place, but also now (probably) just one point ahead of sixth place Liverpool, who we play next Thursday at Anfield. (Liverpool are in action against the bottom of the Sheffield United table at the moment.)
“Clearly it would have been a great step, but I cannot wish for results. United’s victory would have made the difference even bigger.
“We try everything to win. We prepare everything to win, we do not talk about other games, and we are in the middle of the battle for the first four.
“We closed the gap very, very quickly and now is the time to hold on, show performances every three, four days, and this demands a lot. We are still in the battle and that’s the good news. This could have been a big step for us, but it is not the last step or the decisive step ”.
-Thomas Tuchel; source: Football.London
Every point counts, of course, but we have 13 games left this season, and it will be an absolute routine. Open up.