Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel bizarrely blames the LIGHTS inside Stamford Bridge for ‘heavily disturbed’ Jorginho’s mistake, which led to Manchester United’s breakaway goal in disappointing draw
- Jorginho was at fault for Manchester United’s breakaway goal against Chelsea
- The Italian was the last man back and tried to control a high ball with one touch
- He ended up playing it to Jadon Sancho, who burst clear and scored
- Thomas Tuchel has defended Jorginho by pinning blame on the stadium lights
Thomas Tuchel has rushed to the defence of Jorginho after the playmaker committed a blunder at Stamford Bridge to gift Manchester United a soft opening goal.
The Italian – while sitting as the last man back while the Blues took a corner – opted to try and bring down a cleared aerial ball by United only to get his touch horribly wrong and allow Jadon Sancho to steal through on goal.
Knowing what had happened, Jorginho immediately gave up on the ball, knowing that catching the counter-attacking speed of Sancho would be impossible – with the England youngster then slotting coolly past Edouard Mendy.
Jorginho’s horribly mistimed touch allowed Jadon Sancho to break away and score
Thomas Tuchel has defended his man and blamed the lights inside Stamford Bridge
Speaking after the match, however, Tuchel rushed to his man’s defence and insisted Jorginho had simply been distracted by the Stamford Bridge floodlights.
Tuchel said: ‘He misjudged the situation and I think he was heavily disturbed from the lights. It happens.
‘It takes a lot of courage and personality to not be affected during the match and to have the courage to take the penalty. I am very happy that he did it.’
Pressed on Chelsea’s overall performance, Tuchel added: ‘I am absolutely happy with what the players put in.
Jorginho did make some amends, however, by later equalising from the penalty spot
‘We had so many high ball recoveries, so can we maybe create more chances from this superiority and ball wins? Yes, maybe.
‘So the energy is right, the quality is right, and the result is the result. Today it wasn’t in our favour.’
Chelsea’s failure to turn the match around and find a winner now means the Premier League summit is even tighter than before.
The Blues still top the pile after 13 matches played, with 30 points to their name.
Manchester City sit in second with 29, while Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have 28 in third following their convincing 4-0 win against Southampton.