Thomas Tuchel says Chelsea need to play ‘much better’ if they want to deserve results like tonight after they saw off Tottenham to reach the Carabao Cup final.
Heading into tonight’s second leg with a 2-0 lead, Antonio Rudiger’s first-half header tonight was enough to book them a spot at Wembley against either Arsenal or Liverpool.
Tottenham saw two penalties ruled out and a goal disallowed after VAR checks as Chelsea rode their luck at times but over the course of two legs, Tuchel’s side deserved to go through.
However, the German boss was far from happy with the performance of his players.
When asked if he was unhappy, he replied: ‘Yes. It’s about our standards, not about getting results.
‘We can close spaces much better. We can control the match better.
‘We controlled the match, we had big chances. But we allowed chances from easy and sloppy mistakes and were lucky. We almost gave a penalty away for absolutely no reason.
‘The same happened for the last 20 minutes, a mixture of lack of focus, over-confidence, and suddenly we need luck to not have another penalty.
‘We need to play much better if we want to really deserve results like this.
‘We’re happy with the result. In the first half we were the better team and we deserved to be up.
‘But we lost concentration and lost focus in the last 15 minutes of the first half and again in the second half. We were almost punished for lack of focus.
‘We played at 90% and that’s not our style – we shouldn’t do this. We had to work hard and it was not our best performance – we were better in the first leg.’
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