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Chelsea ‘deserved a draw’ against Manchester City — Thomas Tuchel

Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel has claimed his side “deserved a draw” in their 1-0 loss at Manchester City at the Etihad.

Kevin De Bruyne scored a 70th-minute winner in a game that the hosts largely dominated.

City are now 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League, having won their last 12 league games.

Asked whether the result was disappointing, Tuchel told BT Sport: “The result, yes. This can happen if you play at City.

“We deserved a draw, defended very well. We did not allow chances. The goal was when we were not under pressure. We had chances. Performance wise, this is okay.”

“We did not deserve to lose. We have won games like this against City.

“It was a big problem today offensive wise and the performance of the front players. Zero touches in the box. That was simply a lack of precision, timing and composure. We lost too many balls too easy. It was a big problem in our game today.”

Tuchel also seemingly criticised Romelu Lukaku’s performance, after Chelsea struggled to retain possession in attacking areas. In late December, the Belgian striker was forced to apologise after telling Sky Italia that he was “not happy” with his role at the club.

The coach said: “(Lukaku) had many ball losses without any pressure, many ball losses in very promising circumstances. He had a huge chance.

“We want to serve him, but he is part of the team, and the performance up front, particularly in the first half, we can do much, much better.”

Chelsea next face a trip to Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday night.

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