Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel is desperate for his side to rediscover their stingy defensive form after Sunday’s loss at Everton.
They only won one of their five league matches in April and have kicked off May in terrible fashion. The result, however, handed Everton a crucial three points in their battle for survival.
Tuchel says he is ‘disappointed’ after Sunday’s defeat, insisting that his players must stop making “individual mistakes”.
The German told BBC Sport: “It is disappointing because over the last four matches we don’t have enough points for what we want and it is concerning. We have one clean sheet over the last four matches and it is far too easy to score against us.
“We can’t stop doing individual mistakes. We struggle to have repetitive top performances. Today was an OK performance but OK is not enough.
“We conceded in the first minute of the second half and it becomes more difficult. The way we gave this goal away was absolutely unnecessarily. If we keep on giving goals away it ends up in the results we have had recently.
“We were not on the highest level. We trusted the team. Maybe we could have changed more. That is something I will reflect on personally.”
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Tuchel also told Sky Sports: “We hate to lose, we are responsible for it, it was our responsibility in Old Trafford to not have more – we struggle to have consecutive clean sheets and top performances and that is why we lost today.
“We have to be without mistakes, disciplined in your positions and don’t make mistakes. When you have that much possession, we did not play our best match but we were in control, and then we gave a goal away and it kills the game for us because it is everything the opponent wants. It is a huge pattern in our season.
“We have now four matches in the last two weeks and one clean sheet, that needs to change – if we try to get away with OK performances that is not good for us, we are a team that needs to be on the very top limit on every match basis. If we try to get away with OK we lose games.
“We struggle with concentration and determination levels and you see that in the last four matches.”
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