Chelsea legend calls for ‘right reaction’ after back-to-back losses

Chelsea legend Petr Cech has called for his club to make the “right reaction” against Southampton this weekend after suffering back-to-back defeats.

Thomas Tuchel’s side had made a strong start to the new campaign, as they were unbeaten in their opening seven games across all competitions.

This run came to an end over the weekend as Man City beat them 1-0 in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge. 

Chelsea looked to bounce back on Wednesday night as they faced Juventus in the Champions League. They were unable to do so though as Federico Chiesa won it for the Serie A side. 

After the Juventus loss, Tuchel suggested that his side were “not good enough” in Turin:

“I think we started not sharp enough. The first 12 to 15 minutes we could have harmed them much more. There was so much space for dangerous balls into the box and ask more questions,” Tuchel said.

“We struggled to create our own rhythm and intensity because they were so deep and passive. We were lacking runs. We were so good in training yesterday and not good enough, not free enough today. I don’t know why.

“I felt we were a bit slow and tired, mentally slow, decision making. That’s why it’s a strange one to analyse.”

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Next up for the Blues is Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. As reported by The Metro, Cech has suggested that is key for Chelsea to “find the right reaction” to their recent setbacks:

“This week we experienced two defeats which is something new for us, I have to say. It’s been a long time since the team had back-to-back defeats,” Cech said.

“When you play for a big team, you always have this pressure on every result. The players are used to that pressure. It’s never nice to prepare for a game, do everything that’s needed and then the result is wrong.

“We have a group of players and staff who are here to win, so every result which doesn’t go our way leaves a feeling you need to overcome. What’s needed is the team finds the right reaction to that.

“It increases the importance of the weekend game because you want to bounce back, especially at home and in the league, where we are in a really good position.”

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