Thomas Tuchel blames Chelsea’s humiliating thrashing at Leeds on having to take the BUS up from London

    THOMAS TUCHEL blamed Chelsea’s defeat at Leeds on not being able to fly to west Yorkshire.

    The German revealed the Blues coaching staff were forced to take a bus to get to Elland Road this weekend.

    Thomas Tuchel made excuses for his side's heavy defeat at Leeds


    Thomas Tuchel made excuses for his side’s heavy defeat at LeedsCredit: Getty
    Leeds ran riot as they continued their unbeaten start


    Leeds ran riot as they continued their unbeaten startCredit: Rex
    Edouard Mendy gave the ball away for opening goal


    Edouard Mendy gave the ball away for opening goalCredit: Getty

    His players were able to fly up north but Tuchel was left moaning about a “long ride” up the motorway for him and his coaching staff.

    After Chelsea’s 3-0 defeat Tuchel said: “Everything that can go wrong, did go wrong. It started yesterday. We had no plane to arrive so we came on the bus. The players could fly but for the coaching staff it was a long ride on the bus.

    “It continued today. We lost the game in the first 20 minutes, where we were clearly better and had huge chances.

    “A lot of touches in the box but we miss the target and do not take what we deserve. We then stopped doing what we were doing good and it was even for 15 minutes and in those we gave two presents.

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    “We were clearly the better team. They do what they do. I don’t see that a set-piece and own goal [Mendy’s mistake] are due to the style. They are mistakes.

    “If we give goals away like this that are totally unnecessary and when we are totally in charge we cannot win football matches. We tried second-half and I am disappointed we lost that half as well. They made the maximum of their half-chances and we did not.”

    Chelsea were almost forced to use coach travel for their away games in Europe earlier this year as a result of the sanctions imposed on Roman Abramovich.

    The club was restricted to a £20,000 budget for away travel to their Champions Legaue games – which ruled out a private jet.

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    Tuchel even joked that he would drive a seven-seat car himself if the Blues were unable to afford air travel.

    But fortunately the club had already arranged travel for their trip to Lille in the Champions League second round, which meant they could travel to northern France in luxury.


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