Thomas Tuchel did not mince his words after Chelsea’s somewhat lucky 2-1 win over Watford.
“That’s not us. We were absolutely not ready today for this match,” he told Amazon Prime Video.
“I missed maybe to find the right approach to make my team ready. We had the break due to very sad circumstances – hopefully, the person is better.
“Even this break after the first 11 minutes did not change our approach. We did not cope with the pressure, with the first ball, second ball.
“We had a lot of changes but too many faults. It did not get better. The only thing we could do was hang in there and focus on the easy things. It was a lucky win.”
“I see this totally as an exception from the rule. I will not insist too long on this match because it’s so unusual for us to play like this.
“We missed some players. We had some players overloaded. We stole three points. We don’t have to talk around it. For the first time, it feels like a lucky win.”
Chelsea remain on top of the Premier League table, but both Man City and Liverpool also won their games. That means that the top three remain within two points after the first game of a packed December schedule.