Burnley performed the perfect smash and grab on Saturday as they managed to snatch a point at the home of the current Premier League leaders, Chelsea.
The Blues were obviously the favourites to pick up a win but Sean Dyche’s men managed to hold Tuchel’s side to a 1-1 draw meaning they have now avoided defeat in their previous three league matches.
Chelsea were all over Burnley during the match but the only thing they lacked was the clinical touch in the final third. Dyche’s men, on the other hand, managed to hold on tight for most of the game and finally went home with a point, courtesy of Matej Vydra.
And while providing his thoughts on the match, Thomas Tuchel has claimed that Burnley were lucky to pick up something from this match as the Blues were clearly the better side.
‘Burnley were very lucky to draw but that’s football,’ Tuchel told the press after the match.
‘We were very lucky to escape with a clean sheet at Brentford. That’s why everybody loves the game.
‘I stick with my feeling from the sideline and I have proof from all data that we did a fantastic match. I liked to be attitude. I liked the intensity. I liked the concentration level. These are what you need after seven wins in a row.
‘We came from an away game in the Champions League and we played a team like Burnley who always puts long balls into your box and you must keep them out of your box, and on that level we collected the first and second balls. You need to do so much invisible work as a team on such a high level to control a match like this, to create so many chances.
‘So it was a fantastic effort and fantastic performance. I’m super happy. It can happen in football that sometimes, unfortunately like today, somebody else steals some points. Like I said, we have been lucky in Brentford to walk away with a clean sheet. Burnley are lucky today to get the result but it happens sometimes.’
Were Burnley lucky to pick up a point vs Chelsea?
The stats from the match are heavily titled in favour of Chelsea as the Blues managed to create as many as 23 chances whereas the Clarets created only six. But, the away side ticked the box which ultimately matters.
Despite having an xG of 2.30, the home side scored only one goal.
The Blues had 25 shots throughout the match but only four were on target. And this was the one and only reason why they lost out on two crucial points.
Thomas Tuchel is understandably disappointed with the fact that his side have not been able to widen the gap at the top of the table but he should lay the blame on his own players instead of calling Burnley lucky.
Yes, the home side rode their luck at times but Nick Pope managed to pull off some really decent saves, something which can’t be chalked out as wild luck.
Chelsea missed a flurry of chances despite having 70% of the possession and this was the first time that the Blues manager really missed Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner.
Thankfully, the manager does not need to hit the panic button any time soon since both the forwards will be back after the international break but their absence has helped Burnley pick up their eighth point of the season.