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Chelsea: Tuchel laments ‘huge missed chances’ in Leeds defeat

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The Blues suffered a heavy defeat in their third game of the new Premier League campaign.

Thomas Tuchel has claimed Chelsea deserved to win in their clash against Leeds United on Sunday.

Leeds smashed Chelsea 3-0 at Elland Road as Tuchel’s side suffered their first defeat of the 2022-23 season.

The Blues made several goalscoring chances early on as they dominated the possession. However, a howler from Edouard Mendy put the hosts ahead in the first half.

Leeds scored twice more through Rodrigo Moreno and Jack Harrison to secure their brilliant home win. But Tuchel doesn’t believe his tactics should be blamed for the loss.

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“We lost the game in the first 20 minutes where we were clearly better and had huge chances,” he told BBC Sport after the contest. “[We had] a lot of touches in the box but we missed the target and did not take what we deserved.

“We were clearly the better team. They do what they do. I don’t see that set-piece and goal [from Mendy’s mistake] are due to the style. They are mistakes.

“If we give goals away like this that are totally unnecessary and when we are totally in charge, we cannot win football matches.

“We tried [in the] second-half and I am disappointed we lost that half as well. They made the maximum of their half-chances and we did not.”

Tuchel’s side must prepare to host Leicester City in their next league game on Saturday.