Alan Shearer has responded to Thomas Tuchel’s excuses for Chelsea’s draw at Brighton, questioning his post-match comments.
Alan Shearer has questioned Thomas Tuchel’s explanation for Chelsea’s dismal performance in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Brighton, after the head coach claimed his team was too “weary” to even celebrate their goal.
Chelsea have now gone four Premier League games without a win, with five of their past ten league encounters ending in a tie.
Brighton had a six-day rest period prior to the game, and it appeared that Graham Potter’s side was more invigorated than the visitors, earning a well-deserved point.
Chelsea’s title challenge is somehow effectively over, as they now trail Manchester City by 12 points, with Pep Guardiola’s side still having one game remaining.
When queried about his team’s lack of endurance, Tuchel was unsurprised, even claiming that they did not rejoice in order to conserve energy.
“I think this is normal. But I think even in the reaction to the goal you can see we were tired, ” Tuchel told BT Sport.
“We were relieved we had the goal, but it was not like pure joy because they were saving energy.
“That is my feeling of the moment and of the team right now.”
Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, and Mateo Kovacic were all benched by Tuchel.
Tuchel’s claim that his team was fatigued was disputed by Alan Shearer, who suggested that the German’s strength in depth allows him to rotate.
“Don’t accept that, I’m not having that.”
“I get it’s been a tough time for every football club in the world, they’ve all had very difficult circumstances, as has everyone, not just football.
“But he’s got a bench tonight that’s worth £220million. Kovacic, Havertz, Werner, Pulisic….
“That performance, certainly going forward, was not a tired performance.