Ferdinand reveals Chelsea ‘conundrum’ Tuchel has to unravel

Thomas Tuchel has many issues to iron out after Chelsea suffered another defeat, this time to Juventus, according to Rio Ferdinand.

Wednesday’s loss in Italy was only the second time the Blues have lost two matches in a row with the German coach at the helm.

The west Londoners were beaten comfortably by Manchester City on Saturday, and they failed to respond against their Serie A opponents.

Tuchel described the defeat against Juve as “strange” and Ferdinand thinks the 48-year-old will have his hands full in looking for solutions.

Chelsea only managed one shot on target in Turin, struggling to create chances all evening.

“This is the conundrum Tuchel has to unpick,” Ferdinand said on BT Sport.

“He’s had it all his own way. He hasn’t been in a position where people are questioning his team.

“His front players didn’t have the spark today.”

The Manchester United legend believes that Tuchel has what it takes to get his team out of their current slump.

He added: “I don’t have any worries about Thomas Tuchel.

“I think he’s fabulous and he deserves all the time given what he’s done with a Champions League winning team.”

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Chelsea’s best chance of the match fell to Germany star Kai Havertz, who headed over Ben Chilwell’s corner during injury time.

Havertz was brought back into the starting XI by Tuchel after being left out against City, but he struggled against a well organised Juventus team.

The youngster was criticised for his performance by former Liverpool and Tottenham striker Peter Crouch, who labelled the 22-year-old “lazy and laboured”.

Crouch said: “I thought Ziyech and Havertz were very disappointing,” before likening the Chelsea man to ex-Arsenal player Mesut Ozil.

“I think Havertz reminds me of Ozil, he does things where it comes easy to him and he looks technically brilliant but he can also look lazy and laboured at times and he can frustrate you and I thought tonight they were frustrating.”

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