Thomas Tuchel bemoans ‘lucky’ Burnley as he insists they ‘stole a point’ like his Chelsea side did at Brentford -after Blues were held to a 1-1 draw following 25 attempts on goal
- Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw by Burnley in a feisty match on Saturday
- Despite registering 25 shots, Chelsea were unable to get the three points
- Thomas Tuchel has claimed the Clarets were ‘lucky’ and ‘stole a point’
Thomas Tuchel claimed ‘lucky’ Burnley had stolen a point in a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge as tempers became frayed between him and rival manager Sean Dyche.
Tuchel was bold enough to yell at the intimidating Burnley boss during the first half after a hefty challenge from Clarets skipper Ben Mee on Ross Barkley went unpunished.
And though both managers tried to play down the spat afterwards, it added spice to a lively encounter that saw Burnley sub Matej Vydra cancel out Kai Havertz’s opening goal.
Thomas Tuchel has deemed Burnley luck to get a point after their 1-1 draw with Chelsea
Tempers became frayed between Tuchel and Sean Duche during the match on Saturday
Chelsea had 25 attempts on goal and wasted a stack of chances to leave Tuchel claiming: ‘They (Burnley) were very lucky. That is football. We were lucky at Brentford. That is why everyone loves the game.
‘Sometimes like today, somebody steals some points. We were lucky at Brentford to they were lucky today to get their result. It happens sometimes.’
Tuchel wouldn’t be drawn on why he had turned to the Burnley technical area midway in the first half and hollered at Dyche as Barkley lay in the centre circle.
‘I learned in my career not to comment on referees and other coaches. I will not comment on it.’
Dyche indicated the exchange was part and parcel of two competitive managers trying to win and didn’t even condemn Tuchel afterwards for suggesting the result was a ‘steal’.
‘I hardly remember anything (about Tuchel’s complaint). I don’t know what qualifies any nore as a flashpoint. Tuchel is trying to urge his team on. It’s managers trying to whatever they can.
‘It’s nothing to do with me being hard. I am just a normal bloke. We weren’t battling, all the battling was done on the pitch.
Matej Vydra’s (left) strike 11 minutes from time earned Burnley a point at Stamford Bridge
Despite registering 25 shots, Chelsea were unable to get the win against the Clarets
‘I can understand with how he feels like he does about the result. I can imagine if the shoe was on the other foot.’
Tuchel was pleased with Barkley in his first league start for Chelsea since 2019/20 even though he missed a good chance shortly before being subsituted.
‘He’s waited a long time and had a good match. Of course he is angry (about the chance).
‘There is a lot of competition in his position. You need to be ready if you play for Chelsea.’
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