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Saturday, September 25, 2021

Thomas Tuchel gives Reece James injury update after Chelsea’s defeat to Man City

  Reece James suffered a ‘very painful’ ankle injury in Chelsea ’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester City at Stamford Bridge. The 21-year-old...


Reece James suffered a ‘very painful’ ankle injury in Chelsea ’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.

The 21-year-old was involved in a collision with Jack Grealish in the first half, and after attempting to play on a few times, was unable to continue. Veteran defender Thiago Silva came on in his place and dropped in at centre-back, while Cesar Azpilicueta moved to right wing-back. A defensive Chelsea side with five defenders and three midfielders were dominated by City in the first half.

The visitors got their goal through a deflected effort from Gabriel Jesus, and despite bringing on Kai Havertz for N’Golo Kante and Ruben Loftus-Cheek for Jorginho, the Blues were unable to get back on level terms.

When asked about James’ injury after the game, Tuchel told Chelsea’s website :

‘I don’t know about Reece at the moment. He twisted his ankle and it was very painful for him. ‘I have no other news on him at this stage but let’s see how he is in the next few days.’

The German boss also admitted that his side could not escape City’s high press, and that their opponents deserved the victory. ‘We were not good enough today to escape pressure,’ he said. ‘Our ball possession wasn’t the sharpest in terms of switching the play to hurt them, to give us confidence and to breathe.

This didn’t happen enough. ‘I did not feel that we 100 per cent believed in it. It was doubtful and we were protecting something. It felt like we had something to lose and we lacked energy but that can happen. ‘After the goal, you feel like the belief of winning is bigger than losing. We tried to push and get the crowd behind us so it was a very open, emotional game.’ ‘We lost the game and City deserved to win,’
added Tuchel.

For 60 minutes, until the goal, we were very strong in the last [defensive] 20 metres of the field but only there unfortunately. The other 80 metres, we were not good enough. ‘We were never on our highest level. You cannot expect to get a result. It could turn around maybe with one header but we have to accept it was not our best game.

‘We did not have ball possession to hurt them, to grow in confidence. It never happened in the first half or the second half. Until the goal, we defended the box very well but the performance was not complex enough. ‘We were not on our very best level and you need the best level to push the game against this side.’

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