"I wasn't able to talk to anyone"

The now Chelsea coach has acknowledged that he had a bad time after the elimination at the hands of United in the 2019 Champions League.


It's all smiles when it comes to Thomas Tuchel right now. The German has changed the face of Chelsea and has not known defeat since taking over from Frank Lampard. The last sample of the good progress of the team was the 0-1 with which they beat Atleti in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16. However, in the same competition, but two years ago, his mood was very different. And it is that on February 12, 2019, a penalty in the discount in the Parc des Princes converted by Lukaku would leave PSG composed and without quarter-finals.

In the first leg, the Parisians had won 2-0 at Old Trafford, so the elimination came as a tremendous surprise and a 1-3 jug of frozen water from which Tuchel could not protect himself. This Sunday (5:30 pm, DAZN) he will meet again with Solskjaer's United and on the occasion of the reunion he recalled how he felt after the debacle suffered. "If I'm completely honest, after the game I was in a very dark place for two days. I wasn't able to talk to anyone or think about anything other than that defeat," he admits.The worst defeat of his coaching career

The main problem was not the elimination, but the way it came about. "It may be the worst defeat I have ever experienced, because it came from nowhere. It was the circumstances that surrounded it. I have never experienced anything like it before or after that moment. How we got there, the pressure around the club, the history and the result of the first game. And the way everything happened in the second game, with the VAR deciding at the last minute, "adds Tuchel.

"As it was by surprise it was difficult to assimilate the blow, but as I said, it was only two days in a dark place. Then I gave the players two days off and I think it was the best for everyone. After that, I can To say that in sports you have to get up and accept defeats is sometimes necessary to grow ... ", reflects the Krumbach. A Tuchel who overcame the blow and was about to receive the full reward, but a header from Coman stole the final prize.

Learning from adversity

"That can hurt, but the reward came a year later, it was almost perfect. We reached the final (of the Champions League) and we went through a long road to achieve it. We did it by fighting adversity and that's what it makes you stronger, as they say, "he concluded. It is clear that this tie has the Chelsea coach etched in mint, even if he is no longer in that dark place that became home for two days. This has made the meetings between Tuchel and United something special and it is certain that keeping the streak of games without losing alive is an extra motivation to win against the Red Devils.The Sudoku puzzle to be solved with Havertz

Kai Havertz is the highest paid player on the Chelsea squad, with a salary of around 18.8M euros. An astronomical salary if we take into account the questionable performance of the footballer, completely overshadowed by footballers like Mason Mount or Edouard Mendy. "Since I arrived, the only thing that kept him from making a big impact is his injury, nothing more. I see a committed guy, I see a guy who made the brave decision to move abroad at a young age and leave his area of comfort and accept a great challenge in a great team, in the biggest League. " Havertz was on the bench during Tuesday's 1-0 win over Atlético de Madrid in the Champions League. Now Tuchel has to solve the Chelsea sudoku puzzle with his compatriot, which was used in different positions with Frank Lampard, including number 10, but also in midfield and by the wing on occasion.

“We will find this paper and now we have to give it the necessary time. But he is ready, we are very happy that he is back in the squad and there is no doubt that he will lift our offensive potential. He is a unique player. It is not so clear where it needs to settle. Today, I would say that it is between the position of nine and a 10, something in between. He's very comfortable in the area, he's very comfortable in high positions, "says the Chelsea manager. So far, he has played 27 games, scored five goals and delivered six assists. Tuchel's mission on the blue bench is to recover the Private Havertz ...

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