Thomas Tuchel explains Chelsea ‘regrets’ despite Champions League boost of Liverpool win

Liverpool: Klopp on Reds' 1-0 defeat to Chelsea

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Chelsea secured a vital 1-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield on Thursday to significantly boost their Champions League hopes. Mason Mount scored the only goal of the game as the Blues moved above Everton and into fourth.

Tuchel has worked wonders since taking charge of the Blues, with the west London outfit now unbeaten in 10 games. The former Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund boss has not only tightened up his defence but appears to be getting more out of mega-money summer signing Timo Werner.

But despite all the positives – including the victory at Anfield – Tuchel is still harbouring regrets over a draw three games prior.

“I’m super happy. If I’m honest I still have regrets about the draw against Southampton because I am not happy we dropped two points and the way we dropped them,” said Tuchel. “But in general, I’m absolutely happy.

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“From the first day, I’ve felt part of the club and involved in the team. It’s been a pleasure to coach the team from the first minute because I can feel the energy and attitude to all the things that are needed in a football game.

“They ready to play as a team, to attack as a team, they are prepared to fight and sacrifice for each other. I have a brave squad and they show up every four games in difficult games. I’m not the type to thing ‘biggest win’ or ‘toughest match’.

“I have never judged games in my coaching career because I am happy for every win that we get because I know how hard it is in any league to keep on winning and keep on keeping clean sheets.

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“So I am very happy because I know what it takes and what the team has put into this moment. We’re on a high, high level and for that I’m very happy.”

It’s a different story, though, for Klopp. The Liverpool boss has just overseen the club’s fifth straight home defeat – the worst home run in the club’s history.

And he is now tasked with picking up his players and going again ahead of the clash against Fulham on Sunday.

“I don’t say the boys didn’t show heart, I know what they invest and all these kind of things but we talk about the last [and] decisive two, three, four per cent and it will never happen that we will start blaming or whatever the circumstances,” said Klopp at full-time.

“That’s just not the case, we had a good team, a really good team, tonight on the pitch and played in a lot of moments good football but not in decisive moments good enough.

“There is only one person or group to criticise for that [and] that’s me and us. That’s what I told the boys.”

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