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Thomas Tuchel Blames Stamford Bridge Pitch For Chelsea's Defeat To Arsenal, Strangest Excuse Yet

Daniel Marland

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Thomas Tuchel Blames Stamford Bridge Pitch For Chelsea's Defeat To Arsenal, Strangest Excuse Yet

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel claimed the Stamford Bridge pitch is 'very, very difficult' to play on following Wednesday's 4-2 defeat to Arsenal. Check out the footage below.


The Gunners condemned Chelsea to their third home defeat in a row in an entertaining affair.

Eddie Nketiah opened the scoring after capitalising on a mistake from Andreas Christensen and Tuchel was quick to blame the turf rather than his defender post-match.

He vented to reporters: "To say that the pitch is difficult to play here is maybe sounds like an excuse but it is a very, very difficult pitch that we have here.

Image Credit: Alamy
Image Credit: Alamy

"It is not to our favour. The ball bounces very, very awkwardly in front of Andreas [Christensen] when he wants to play this ball.

"But still, we had the same mistake against Real Madrid that cost us the Champions League next round, this one cost us the next match, I cannot remember when we got a goal like this."

Timo Werner's deflected effort would bring Chelsea level before Emile Smith Rowe's clever finish restored Arsenal's lead.

Cesar Azpilicueta ensured the Blues would go in level at halftime with another equaliser.

Nketiah scored his second of the game just before the hour mark..

The 22-year-old was given the nod up front despite not scoring a league goal all season and he repaid Mikel Arteta's faith.

Arsenal, who had lost their last three Premier League games, wrapped up victory in added time thanks to Bukayo Saka's penalty.

Saka was hauled down by captain Azpilicueta and sent goalkeeper Edouard Mendy the wrong way from the spot.

Azpilicueta appeared to get into an argument with Chelsea fans at the end of the game regarding the decision.

Victory for Arsenal means qualification for the top four is back in their hands.

Image Credit: Alamy
Image Credit: Alamy

They're behind Tottenham Hotspur in fourth by goal difference alone and travel to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium next month for a massive north London derby.

Arsenal welcome Manchester United to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon in another game with huge top four implications.

United were back in the race after a 3-2 win over Norwich City last weekend.

But a 4-0 humiliation at the hands of Liverpool on Tuesday means they're now sixth with five games remaining.

Featured Image Credit: Sky Sports & Alamy

Topics: Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel, Arsenal, Premier League

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