Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel has admitted he struggled against Southampton in the League Cup round of 16 on Wednesday (10/27) early in the morning WIB.
The Blues beat the Saints 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in regulation at Stamford Bridge.
“We thought it would be difficult. It was a good game of football for both teams, a very difficult game, and in the end we are happy to win on penalties,” said Tuchel.
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Chelsea must struggle to serve Southampton. Kai Havertz opened the scoring first in the 44th minute, but Che Adams immediately balanced the position as the second half lasted just two minutes. The winner must be determined by a penalty shoot-out.
Four of Chelsea’s five executioners were successful in office, with Marcos Alonso, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ben Chilwell and Reece James able to beat Fraser Forster. While Mason Mount did not manage to execute his penalty perfectly.
Meanwhile, the Saints only managed to score three goals thanks to Adam Armstrong, Shane Long and Oriol Romeu, while Theo Walcott and Will Smallbone were unable to get the ball in when they faced Kepa.
Chelsea won the penalties 4-3, allowing the Blues to advance to the quarter-finals of the League Cup.
Tuchel admits that there are few players who can be abandoned due to injury. He praised his players who can fight against other competitors in the English Premier League.
“We had some changes at the last minute. Three potential starters were injured in training yesterday. It wasn’t planned like that, so we didn’t have a lot of choice on the bench so as not to abuse the players. “, did he declare.
Tuchel explained that the three players who were ready to start but didn’t show up due to injury were Cesar Azpilicueta, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Andreas Christensen.
Azpilicueta injured his shoulder in training. Loftus-Cheek experienced pain in the hip joint, while Christensen had to recover after dental surgery.
“This victory was deserved because we fought for chances and it was not easy. Every competition is an important competition. We don’t want to judge which is more important or less important,” he said. he explains. (Daily Mail / OL-1)