Thomas Tuchel admitted Chelsea paid the price for too many “individual mistakes” as Arthur Masuaku’s casualty winner gave West Ham United a shocking 3-2 victory on Saturday. Tuchel’s team continued through Thiago Silva, but Manuel Lanzini’s penalty made West Ham look level at the London Stadium. Mason Mount restored Chelsea’s advantage just before half-time, only for Jarrod Bowen to blow West Ham’s second equalizer shortly after the break. Chelsea dominated for long periods but made too many mistakes on both sides.
Yet it was gross justice to leave empty-handed after Masuaku’s wrong cross somehow found its way past Edouard Mendy with three minutes left.
“We have to admit we made too many crucial mistakes at the moment. It cost us points against Manchester United and today as well,” said Tuchel.
“If you want a result at this level, you have to minimize mistakes. We’ve talked about it before, it obviously did not help.”
Senegal goalkeeper Mendy was partly guilty of two of the goals and Tuchel said: “Edouard’s decision – making is not the best at the moment.”
It was the Blues’ first defeat in their last 13 games in all competitions and their game at the top of the Premier League may be over by Saturday night.
They are just one point ahead of second-placed Manchester City, who will visit Watford later on Saturday, with third-placed Liverpool also able to go above Chelsea if they win against Wolves.
After admitting Chelsea rode their luck to beat Watford in the middle of the week, Tuchel will be worried about another incoherent performance from the European champions.
“Their third goal is a strange one, but we could not complete our chances. We had to be more ruthless,” Tuchel said.
“Every loss is a bump in the road. We need to play more accurately, more stably and reduce big mistakes.”
West Ham, fourth, once again showed their ability to make life uncomfortable for the big guns.
The Hammers have already ended Liverpool’s long unbeaten run this season, as well as knocking Manchester City and Manchester United out of the League Cup.
Now Chelsea have joined the list of star-studded teams driven to distraction by David Moyes’ well-run team.
“I honestly did not think we played so well, but getting those goals against a team that does not concede much is a great honor for the boys,” said Moyes.
“I told Arthur I think it’s a wonderful cross! It was very lucky, but in football you need it sometimes.”
Chelsea’s early dominance was rewarded in the 29th minute when Silva Mason met Mount’s corner with a downward header that Lukasz Fabianski was able to push into the net just via the far post.
But their concentration faltered five minutes before half-time when Jorginho played a suicide setback that Mendy tried to reach before Bowen.
While Mendy tried to dribble around Bowen, he lost control of the ball and sent the West Ham forward to the lawn with a panicked dive.
It was a comedy of errors and Lanzini delivered the battle line as he drove the penalty goal into the roof of the net.
Chelsea’s response was immediate, as a drastic move brought them back four minutes later.
Hakim Ziyech’s majestic long pass picked out Mount, who ran in behind Ben Johnson to caress a sublime volley past Fabianski from just inside the area.
Because they missed the injured N’Golo Kante as the midfield shield in front of them, there was a lack of cohesion over Chelsea’s defense and they surrendered an equalizer in the 56th minute.
Vladimir Coufal was able to put a pass to Bowen on the edge of the area as Chelsea fatally bounced back and the forward thundered an excellent low strike in the far corner.
It was worse to come for Chelsea in the 87th minute.
When Masuaku took possession and formed to cross, there seemed little danger, but the defender’s delivery suddenly swung into the air and deceived Mendy as it bent past the stunned goalkeeper.
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