Thomas Tuchel suffered a first defeat at Stamford Bridge with a 5-2 loss to struggling West Bromwich Albion.
Chelsea’s defeat came crashing down at the Stamford Bridge to what ended in a heavy loss. West Brom took a numerical advantage after Thiago Silva was sent off following a second booking.
Tuchel was hoping to clinch the 15th unbeaten run but what was in store for him came as a surprise. Matheus Pereira’s first-half brace laid trouble to Chelsea despite Christian Pulisic’s early first-half goal.
Mbaye Diagne added the third and Callum Robinson rise to the occasion to net twice. Mason Mount’s 71st consolation could not ignite a turnaround but only counted to make a 5-2 scoreline.
The Blues hold 4th place still but if West Ham United wins Sunday, they will leap past them. Also, if Jose Mourinho’s side Tottenham Hotspurs clinches a victory on Monday it will spell a further fall for the blues.
Tuchel admits the misery laid to him by advantageous West Bromich claiming they could not cope with the red card.
“We were unable to cope with the red card. I don’t know why. We gave away two very easy goals,” Tuchel said.
“What could go wrong went wrong after the red card. Every shot was a goal from them,” the German admits.
Chelsea surrendered five goals again at home in the league, a repeat of against Arsenal’s results in 2011. This is a blow for their Champions League quarter-final first leg preparation against Porto on Wednesday. Despite the loss, Tuchel urges to shake it off.
“It’s important we digest it. I did not see it coming, now we have to take our responsibilities – me included – and shake it off,” Tuchel said.
“It’s a wake-up call. We will get the right response,” the former Paris Saint Germain coach added.