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Tuchel brands ‘lucky’ Burnley thieves in bitter Chelsea rant after dropped points

Thomas Tuchel and Reece James shake hands after Chelsea draw with Burnley, November 2021

Thomas Tuchel said Burnley “stole a point by pure luck” after a late Matej Vydra goal forced his Chelsea side to settle for a draw.

It was one-way traffic for a large majority of the match at Stamford Bridge. But having taken the lead through Kai Havertz, the Blues failed to build a bigger advantage. This left the door open for Vydra to find a leveller.

Chelsea’s German boss was left to rue his side’s missed chances and placed the blame for the defeat solely on their shoulders.

Tuchel said: “It was a fantastic 90 minutes when you look at performance. It can only happen in football.

“That’s why everyone loves the game – a team can steal a point if the other team forgets to score the goals they deserve.

“We did a fantastic match. Of course I’m disappointed. If we played this game 100 times, we’d win 99 times.

“Today we didn’t win it. The second goal would have decided it. It’s always possible you miss one ball, one cross, and this can happen.

“It’s our fault. We should have scored. We created so many chances.

“You have the opponent where you want to have them. You create so many chances. We let them believe it was possible to steal a point by pure luck and that’s what happened.

Thiago Silva and Maxwel Cornet contest the ball in Chelsea vs Burnley, November 2021

“This is not the first game like this and won’t be the last. I was impressed by the performance, the attitude, the quality. It’s football, it was against us today.

“We were sharp from the first minute to the very end.

“You know this can happen. In real life these things happen. We are in a good place. We deserved more today. On another game we maybe get lucky and steal some points.”

Dyche lauds Pope saves

Meanwhile, Burnley manager Sean Dyche acknowledged Chelsea’s dominance and echoed his opposite number’s sentiments.

He told BBC Sport: “The lads worked terrifically hard. They’re a top side. They were all over us in the first half. We hung in there really, great saves by Nick Pope.

“We felt the game might calm slightly and we found better moments in the second half.

“When you come to these clubs and they’re flying like they are, you might need your keeper to play well. He was fantastic.

Sean Dyche reacts during Chelsea vs Burnley, November 2021

“I can’t credit Chelsea enough. They’re a top outfit. You stay in it for a chance.

“We weren’t getting a lot of rewards for decent performances. They got the reward [in last week’s win] and they come here and the mentality was on show today.

“It’s important to get these points. Nobody gives you a chance at these clubs.”

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