Morning, Chelsea fans
Thomas Tuchel hailed Chelsea’s ‘patience’ in yesterday’s last-gasp triumph but confirmed Antonio Rudiger’s has run out.
Late sub Christian Pulisic sank West Ham 1-0 – soon after Jorginho’s dreadful penalty miss – to end a run of three straight home losses.
Hammers’ defender Craig Dawson saw red when he conceded that woeful spot-kick by fouling another impressive substitute, Romelu Lukaku.
Overall, though, the defiant Hammers were unlucky, having resting six main men, including Declan Rice.
Blues boss Tuchel said: “They defend with eight to nine players around their box and it’s tough to find spaces to accelerate.
“First half was a bit stuck but I think that was because of a bit of uncertainty with the latest results at home. We grew into it, never lost patience.”
And explaining why Chelsea showed caution, he added: “It was also not the moment to take every risk after our recent results.”
Meanwhile, Tuchel admitted Rudiger told him in a ‘private talk’ that the centre-back will leave this summer.
The Blues can’t offer new contracts as Government sanctions against outgoing owner Roman Abramovich hit hard.
And Manchester United target Rudiger has finally revealed what everyone expected – that he will be the first big-name departure.
Tuchel said: “We gave everything – me and the club.
“Without the sanctions we would at least be able to carry on fighting, but our hands are tied.”