EPL Wrap: Tuchel Refuses to Blame Jorginho for Arsenal Loss

EPL Wrap: Tuchel Refuses to Blame Jorginho for Arsenal Loss Photo: TT
Chelsea's goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, left, and Chelsea's Jorginho reacts after Arsenal's Emile Smith Rowe scored his side's opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has refused to condemn Jorginho for his backpass mistake which led to Arsenal’s winner in Wednesday’s 1-0 victory in the Premier League.

Arsenal got past Chelsea 1-0 thanks to Emile Smith Rowe’s 16th minute strike which came from Jorginho’s backpass which forced goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to hastily rush back and save the goalbound pass, allowing the Gunners in.

“We all lacked concentration and focus today, which is very unusual,” Tuchel said.

“Maybe I also gave some signals to the team with the changes that Saturday (FA Cup final) is on my mind, and even if its only one per cent, this is not how we approach things because you get punished.

“We cannot be naive in this race for top four so now we suffer from another defeat. It’s hard to swallow but there’s no other way.

“It’s totally our fault, nobody else’s, its totally our responsibility. We had huge chances, we made more or less an own goal, a total gift and we could not score from our biggest chances, but overall we were not sharp enough.”

The result leaves Chelsea in fourth, holding a six-point lead on fifth-placed West Ham United who have a game in hand, with Liverpool a further point back and another game in hand.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was pleased with the win which keeps alive their faint hopes of qualifying for Europe.

“Great win. It shows how tough it is to come here and win against a fantastic team,” Arteta said.

“I think what Thomas is doing is great. They have so much quality, really good organisation and make it really difficult for you.

“From the beginning, we showed that we were coming here to try to win with the right spirit, with the right attitude, we showed moments of real quality as well.

“We got the goal and then we had to defend in long periods. To do that, you have to be really committed and resilient. We needed some luck and we had it tonight.”

Ben somerford
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