For just the second time in Thomas Tuchel’s tenure, Chelsea have experienced back-to-back defeats. The first time was near the end of last season, in early May, also consisting of two 1-0 reverses (Arsenal at home in the league, Leicester City in the FA Cup).
Of course, not long after we’d win the Champions League final, so there’s little reason to despair — though it’s never a good feeling to lose — and we can surely rest assured that the coaching staff and the players will do their utmost to right the ship quickly and get out of this mini-slump. But, as Callum Hudson-Odoi admits, we might have a fair bit of work ahead of us to do so.
“We came with the mentality and determination to win and we gave it our best but it was not good enough. We know that and we have to go back and reflect on it. There is a lot to improve on and a lot to work on. We did well in certain aspects but we can always do better.”
-Callum Hudson-Odoi; source: Chelsea FC
Hudson-Odoi was part of the triple-change on the hour-mark alongside Ruben Loftus-Cheek (and Trevoh Chalobah) that seemed to inject some energy and drive into our game at long last, perhaps earning themselves more minutes going forward in the process as well. Our game certainly could’ve used more of the potential for dynamism provided by those Academy players.
Either way, a rare defeat — just the 7th in Tuchel’s 40 matches — should create a proper response from all those involved, to ensure that it remains a rare feeling to experience.