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We deserved to lose to Manchester City says Thomas Tuchel

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has confessed that his team did not deserve to win their Premier League match against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

The Blues came into the game hoping to win their fourth consecutive encounter against the Citizens, but Pep Guardiola's team won 1-0 thanks to a deflected effort from Gabriel Jesus.

Tuchel claimed that his team's performance was "not complex enough," despite the fact that the hosts were unable to field club-record acquisition Romelu Lukaku.

"We were defeated in this game, and City deserved to win." We were quite strong in the final 20 meters of the field till the goal, but only there. Tuchel told BT Sport that "anywhere else we weren't good enough to release pressure and hurt them."

"The performance lacked complexity. Simply put, we were not performing at our best. I'm not sure why, but after the goal, I felt like my belief in winning was stronger than my dread of losing. We tried to persuade the crowd to support us. It was an emotional game, but we were never at our best.

"From a set play, we let up a goal. It wasn't precise enough even if we wanted to go for long balls for Romelu [Lukaku]. I didn't have much faith that we'd be able to get away from the short balls. It was sceptical, and we felt as if we stood to lose something. We also lacked a certain kind of freshness."

Chelsea will be trying to get back on track when they face Juventus at home on Wednesday night in the Champions League group stage.

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