- Chelsea worked hard to beat Watford at Vicarage Road on Wednesday
- Mason Mount opened the scoring before Emmanuel Dennis equalized for the hosts.
- Hakim Ziyech nets with 18 minutes to spare for Blues to top the table
- But Thomas Tuchel believes his side was ‘not quite ready’ for the game
Thomas Tuchel claimed his Chelsea side ‘stole three points’ with a 2-1 win at Watford and were ‘lucky’ to retain their place as Premier League leaders.
The Blues hit hard in a game for their trip to Vicarage Road, in which a Watford fan suffered a cardiac arrest in 12 minutes.
Play was halted as the supporter was immobilized and then taken to hospital, but it resumed after Mason Mount gave the Blues the lead just before the half-hour mark.
Thomas Tuchel claims his Chelsea side ‘stole three points’ with 2-1 win at Watford
Mason Mount opened the scoring for Chelsea at Vicarage Road just before the half-hour mark
Although Emmanuel Dennis fired an equalizer in the bottom corner just before half-time, Blues substitute Hakim Ziyech moved higher in the net to return to winning ways after their draw against Manchester United on Sunday .
But Tuchel claimed Chelsea were ‘absolutely’ unprepared to face Claudio Ranieri’s men and blamed himself for not helping the players prepare – in his eyes – in the best way.
‘We stole three points. We don’t need to talk about it. At first it feels like a lucky win,’ Tuchel told Amazon Prime Video after the game.
‘That’s not us. We weren’t quite ready for this match today. I probably missed out on finding the right way to prepare my team.
Watford striker Emmanuel Dennis, however, scored for the hosts before half time.
‘Due to very sad circumstances we got a break – hopefully that person gets better. Even this break after the first 11 minutes did not change our approach. We didn’t face the pressure from the first ball, the second ball.
‘We had a lot of changes but a lot of flaws. It didn’t get better. The only thing we could do was stop there and focus on the easy things. It was a lucky win.
Tuchel reiterated similar sentiments in his post-match press conference, insisting that his side was ‘too sloppy’ and ‘underperforming’ as a unit.
After the game Tuchel said, ‘(It was a) very muddy and it was a very unusual performance for us. ‘I thought we weren’t ready.
Hakim Ziyech (L) made a home comeback with 18 minutes to spare as Chelsea remained at the top of the table
But Tuchel believes his players were ‘not quite ready’ to take on Claudio Ranieri’s men
‘I have to prepare the team and obviously I didn’t prepare them because for the first time we were doing completely poorly as a team.
‘We didn’t tackle the first balls well, we didn’t handle the pressure well and we didn’t tackle the second balls well.’
He continued: ‘It was a very unusual performance for us so I think today I would prefer not to focus too much on this match as we play again on Saturday and there are some reasons that don’t make it easy for us .
Watford played with great enthusiasm and we fought in the basics. Don’t know why but it was like that. We are in this together and today we got a lucky win.
A fan in the stands had to stop play in 12 minutes after suffering a heart attack