Chelsea supervisor Thomas Tuchel praised his 10-man workforce for his or her second-half rearguard motion in securing a 1-1 draw at Liverpool within the Premier League on Saturday.
Chelsea had led 1-0 earlier than Reece James was despatched off for dealing with on the road and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah equalised from the ensuing penalty on the stroke of halftime.
An damage to French worldwide midfielder N’Golo Kante added to Tuchel’s issues on the interval however the German tactician made a double change through the break which helped his facet address the strain from Juergen Klopp’s facet.
Until the penalty incident, Chelsea had performed with verve and creativity after taking the lead via Kai Havertz.
“Fantastic, I saw a strong first half, a strong Liverpool side. We were very, very good, scored the first goal, had a big chance for the second goal with Mason Mount,” mentioned Tuchel.
“But the pressure was high, the quality from Liverpool, the energy was high. At some point you have to suffer, this is what we did and then in the last second (before halftime) we concede a penalty and a red card,” he added.
“At halftime we have to substitute Kante due to injury. Suddenly the world is upside down,” he added.
But with Thiago Silva added to the defence, Chelsea dealt with the whole lot Liverpool threw at them.
“I can not reward the workforce sufficient. I have no idea if there’s a more durable stadium than City and Anfield to go one man down.
“Because of Liverpool’s high quality and vitality, for the primary 10 minutes (after the break) it felt prefer it was by no means going to finish
“Then, the subsequent half an hour it was like perhaps we’ll create an opportunity and rating one and make it more durable for them.
“For the final 5 minutes hopefully we survive and take a well-deserved level. Our resilience and team-work was completely incredible.
“With pure will, we took the heat out of the game. That was team effort at its very best,” he added.
Tuchel mentioned James had been unfortunate to be penalised and despatched off and the chelsea coach was disillusioned that the referee appeared to make the choice from a nonetheless picture.
“I don’t know what happens and what doesn’t happen anymore. I was worried the referee looked at one photo and decided it was a red card,” he mentioned.
“I would have liked a longer check. I can remember referees that explained if it is a deflection and it is not a very unnatural arm position it is not a penalty.”