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´Fantastic´ Chelsea denied by Burnley´s ´pure luck´, claims Tuchel

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 6 Nov 2021

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Thomas Tuchel suggested Chelsea’s profligacy gave Burnley the belief they could benefit from the “pure luck” required to claim a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.

Premier League leaders Chelsea somehow did not beat Burnley despite dominating Saturday’s game before and after Kai Havertz’s 33rd-minute opener.

The Blues had 25 attempts but failed to add to their total, allowing visiting substitute Matej Vydra to steal an equaliser with one of his side’s five shots.

This was the first time Chelsea had attempted 25 shots in a home league match but failed to win since 26 efforts in a 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace in August 2015.

Tuchel’s men had won their previous four league games but are still to record a sequence of five straight victories in the competition during his tenure.

The coach had few complaints, though, even if he recognised Chelsea should have been more ruthless; Thiago Silva, who hit the post, and Ross Barkley each had four attempts without troubling Nick Pope.

“It was a fantastic 90 minutes when you look at the performance,” Tuchel said in quotes reported by BBC Sport. “It can only happen in football.

“That’s why everyone loves the game – a team can steal a point if the other team forgets to score the goals they deserve.

“We had a fantastic match. Of course I’m disappointed. If we played this game 100 times, we’d win 99 times. Today we didn’t win it.

“The second goal would have decided it. It’s always possible you miss one ball, one cross, and this can happen. It’s our fault. We should have scored. We created so many chances.

“You have the opponent where you want to have them. You create so many chances. We let them believe it was possible to steal a point by pure luck and that’s what happened.

“This is not the first game like this and won’t be the last. I was impressed by the performance, the attitude, the quality. It’s football, it was against us today.”

Burnley have now claimed seven points against Chelsea in the Premier League, with six of those earned at Stamford Bridge.

Sean Dyche was asked about Tuchel’s “luck” claims and said: “I can understand being very frustrated. If the shoe was on the other foot, maybe I would be like that.”

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