Thomas Tuchel bemoans key Chelsea difference to Man City and Liverpool – ‘Too often’

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has declared that his side are too easy to ‘steal points’ from when compared to fellow Premier League title contenders Manchester City and Liverpool, who have also managed to steer clear of too many injury problems as of late. The Blues lost ground in this season’s battle for domestic glory on Thursday evening, with Everton holding the European champions to a lacklustre draw at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea dominated the action in the first half but were unable to break the resistance of Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in spite of their best efforts.

They finally managed to edge ahead after the interval, with Mason Mount finding the back of the net to put the hosts in a commanding position.

However, the Blues spurned their advantage just four minutes later when Jarrad Branthwaite poked the ball past Edouard Mendy to rescue a point for Everton.

Boos rang out around Stamford Bridge after the final whistle, with Chelsea winning just one Premier League match from their last four outings in the competition.

The result against Everton saw the west Londoners stay four points adrift of league leaders City with just over half of the season left to play.

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Tuchel bemoaned his side’s performance when quizzed on their efforts after Thursday’s match, insisting that other teams find it too easy to prevent the Blues from taking maximum points on a regular basis.

“I think this game can only have one winner, in terms of quality, investment, and chances,” the 48-year-old told talkSPORT.

“But obviously, it’s very easy at the moment to steal points from us. We let teams get away with points and draws.

“We have the lead and also we have good quality, huge chances. It’s like this and it’s too often.

“I don’t know. First, I need to know why, and then I need to make sure it doesn’t happen anymore.”

Chelsea are currently being forced to deal with a number of COVID-19 cases in their squad, with three players testing positive ahead of Thursday’s match against Everton.

The Blues have also been without a number of injury absentees, including the likes of Mateo Kovacic and Ben Chilwell, while N’Golo Kante is yet to make a return to full fitness.

They were previously forced to cope without Romelu Lukaku for a large chunk of the campaign after the Belgian marksman picked up an injury against Malmo in the Champions League back in October.

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With Chelsea now behind City and Liverpool in the race for Premier League glory at the end of the season, Tuchel has suggested that his side have had it worse than their fellow title contenders over the last few months.

“We miss a lot of players, of course,” added the German boss.

“But listen, we had a lot of chances to be two or three-nil up in the first-half. I’m not happy to always talk about players who are missing.

“But the big difference between City, Liverpool and us is that they have a full squad. We have been missing central midfielders for eight weeks and this hurts us, obviously.”

Chelsea will be desperate to return to winning ways against Wolves at Molineux in their next Premier League outing on Sunday afternoon.

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