Tuchel suffered only the second loss since taking charge at Stamford Bridge with the Blues unable to cut through a defensive Arsenal side who clung to their first game of the 16th minute, scored by Emile Smith Rowe after a defensive screamer from Jorginho.
The loss, which opens the door for Liverpool to reduce their cushion in the top four to just one point, came less than three days before Tuchel will lead his side to Wembley in the FA Cup final on Saturday to face Leicester, who will enjoy a day. more rest after playing for Manchester United on Tuesday.
Having already made five changes to face Manchester City this weekend on the side that beat Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals, Tuchel kept just four players from that game to face the Gunners on Wednesday night – and admitted it was a step. too far.
He said Sky Sports: “We’ve had three days, we’re in a good race, we’ve had a good mood. The choices weren’t that good today on my side for the line-up so it’s on me. We were unlucky, of course. But we did it all. today to lose.
“I’m not happy with my line-up. It’s easy to say afterwards. But there were too many changes, I shouldn’t have done it like this. It’s something special – but I won’t tell you.
“I kinda felt him come to training yesterday. I’m a little unlucky that this has been proven today on the pitch. I’m sorry… but that’s how it is. [done this], we could have [done that]’, and that’s what it is.
“I didn’t feel in the same way involved, alive with intensity and energy as in the last game and it’s the percent that is missing today. “
Tuchel further suggested his roster could have provided a psychological shock to his side ahead of Saturday’s final, telling his post-match press conference: “We all lacked focus and focus, which is very unusual .
“Maybe I’ve given the team some signs that Saturday is on my mind, even if it’s only five percent, or one percent, that’s not how you approach it and that you are being punished, because you cannot be naive. “
Chelsea’s result opens the door for West Ham and Liverpool, who will remain three and one point behind if they win their respective games in hand, but the manager has been comforted by the fact that his team’s fortunes are still in between. his own hands with only two. games to play.
“It was always a big fight,” he said. “It’s still in our hands. Another missed chance. But we had good results, so now we have to face defeat. “