Joe Cole highlights Thomas Tuchel’s missing link for Chelsea in their defeat to Man City – Football.London

Chelsea suffered their first defeat of the Premier League season on Saturday lunchtime, losing 1-0 to Manchester City at Stamford Bridge to narrow the title race.

It leaves the two clubs on 13 points having played six games, also level with Liverpool prior to the Reds’ clash with Brentford, but Chelsea’s performance on the day may be of concern to Thomas Tuchel.

Pep Guardiola sent his side out to press the Blues intensely and it worked, the hosts unable to break through the lines and get Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner involved in the game.

Former Premier League champion Joe Cole was disappointed in his former club’s display, insisting that it was the most disjointed performance he had seen during the Tuchel era.

“Manchester City were exceptional today, they started the game in Chelsea’s faces, they were so good, Bernardo Silva was outstanding, Ruben Dias at the back, Cancelo – all of them to a man incredible,” Cole said during BT Sport’s coverage of the game.

“I’ve not seen a Chelsea side under Thomas Tuchel look as disjointed as they did today.

“It’s not back to the drawing board but it’s one bad performance. We have to give credit to Man City that’s a real Champions performance.”

Gabriel Jesus scored the only goal of the game, finding the bottom corner with the help of a huge deflection off Jorginho. Reece James was also forced off with an ankle injury in the first half, but Cole felt the Blues were missing Mason Mount – who was ruled out through injury.

“Chelsea have had the most difficult start to the Premier League so to be there or thereabouts is a great start,” he added.

“He’s [Tuchel] always brilliant when he talks, he says what he thinks and feels, he feels he got it wrong. I felt the link was missing, Mason Mount, he was animated and trying to drive his players.

“Sometimes you have a match with three or four players who are off it and it looked like it. Chelsea will be there or thereabouts challenging because of that man [Tuchel].”

A trip to Turin is on the cards next for the Blues with Juventus their opponents in the Champions League before Southampton travel to west London in the Premier League.

Tuchel will be desperate to see a reaction from his troops after this lacklustre performance.

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