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Thomas Tuchel Defends Jorginho With One Of The Most Bizarre Excuses

James Hilsum


Thomas Tuchel Defends Jorginho With One Of The Most Bizarre Excuses

Thomas Tuchel defended Jorginho with one of the most bizarre excuses you are ever likely to hear, as his error led to Jadon Sancho's opening goal in Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Manchester United.

The Italian mis-controlled a long ball clearance from Bruno Fernandes, and allowed Sancho to race though on goal and slot the ball past Edouard Mendy.

"He misjudged the situation and I think he was heavily disturbed from the lights. It happens," he said in quotes published by the Evening Standard.

PA: Jorginho celebrates scoring from the penalty spot.
PA: Jorginho celebrates scoring from the penalty spot.

Jorginho redeemed himself for his earlier error by converting from the penalty spot to salvage the Blues a point in the 69th minute.

It was a frustrating afternoon for the hosts, who dominated proceedings at Stamford Bridge against a United team that has been in disarray in recent weeks.

Tuchel's men had 24 shots on goal in the contest compared to just 3 for the Red Devils, and they also had 66% possession compared to just 34% for United.

Michael Carrick's side also scored with one of their two shots on target in the game, as they held on for a hard-fought point.

Meanwhile, Tuchel was left to rue what he viewed as two dropped points in his eyes.

"I am absolutely happy with what the players put in. We created chances, had deliveries, had a huge amount of shots. Can we take them better? Yes," he added.

"We had so many high ball recoveries, so can we maybe create more chances from this superiority and ball wins? Yes, maybe. But listen, we put in the effort and the spectators feel that.

"So, the energy is right, the quality is right, and the result is the result. Today it wasn't in our favour. It should've been but we have to accept."

Chelsea return to action on Wednesday with a trip to Watford, while United host Arsenal on Thursday.

Topics: Chelsea, Manchester United, Thomas Tuchel, Premier League, Michael Carrick, Jorginho

James Hilsum
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