‘Pass it to Kepa’ – Thomas Tuchel blasts Jorginho after ‘total gift’ vs Arsenal

Chelsea's German head coach Thomas Tuchel looks on during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in London on May 12, 2021.
Tuchel was unhappy with Jorginho’s contribution (Picture: AFP via Getty)

Thomas Tuchel was unimpressed with the manner of Arsenal’s winning goal against his Chelsea side and criticised Jorginho for his part.

Jorginho’s backpass ran past goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga towards the open net and while the Chelsea goalkeeper kept the ball out, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang collected and squared to Emile Smith Rowe for a simple tap-in.

Tuchel was furious with the ‘total gift’ handed to the Gunners and made no secret of his annoyance at the mistake from Jorginho.

‘It’s totally our fault, nobody elses. I think we lost the game. It’s totally our responsibility.

We had huge changes, we made an own goal more or less. A total gift.

‘But overall we were not sharp enough. We could not put the same energy in as usual.’

Asked whether Jorginho should have passed it wide of the post, he responded: ‘The rule is pass the ball to the right foot of Kepa. This is the rule.

Jorginho of Chelsea reacts during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on May 12, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors.
Jorginho was criticised by his manager (Picture: Getty Images)

‘No matter if it’s in the goal or sideways, pass it to Kepa.’

Chelsea right-back James agreed with his manager’s assessment that they had thrown the game away.

‘We lost,’ James told Sky Sports. ‘We made a mistake which led to their goal and didn’t take our chances. We only have ourselves to blame for the loss. On another day maybe the game goes differently.

‘They’re a good team and hard to break down. We had chances to score and put the game to bed.

‘The games come thick and fast and the players come in and out. Everyone is at different fitness levels. We all put 100% in and we’re going to get tired sometimes.

‘It doesn’t affect us in any way. We’re still fighting to win very game. The loss doesn’t affect us tonight.

‘It’s disappointing to lose but we can’t take negativity into tomorrow’s session.’

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