Thomas Tuchel bemoans Aston Villa loss as 'story of the season' but happy to make top 4

Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel was disappointed at his side's loss to Aston Villa on the final Premier League matchday of the 2020-21 season.

Thomas Tuchel in a file image. (Image Credit: Twitter)

Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel was disappointed at his side’s loss to Aston Villa on the final Premier League matchday of the 2020-21 season. Chelsea suffered a 2-1 defeat yet Leicester City’s 4-2 loss to Tottenham Hotspur was enough to secure the Blues Champions League football for next season. “I knew three or four minutes before our game was over, because the game in Leicester was over a bit earlier and it was clear we were through,” said Tuchel after the match.

“That was the main target, but clearly we did not prepare for the occasion today, we prepared for the match. Again, we are absolutely able to win this match.

“It is normally hard to create chances and score against Aston Villa, but we created a lot of chances, a lot of half-chances, many, many deliveries.

“It was the story of the season. We needed many clean sheets to overcome this lack of composure and precision. We conceded two goals from set-pieces out of nothing and made it hard to come back. But we even then we had enough chances to come back.”

Thomas Tuchel sees room for improvement

Chelsea’s season, however, is not over. There’s still the Champions League final against this season’s Premier League champs Manchester City to contend with.

The two sides face off this Saturday and Tuchel said there was work to be done ahead of the clash. However, he also praised his side for their work through this season.

“We’re still a young team and we try to improve them and make them learn from every game. We need to adjust details and we need to be spot on on Saturday if we are to have a positive outcome.

“We’re lucky Tottenham finished the job for us today. We came to win and put any doubt to the side, but it was not possible.

“We are in the position and we were in the position that it was possible to end in the top four with a defeat. That was possible because of the team’s hard work and good results.”

However, it’s not all good news. Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy suffered an injury against Villa and Tuchel is unsure of his status for the Champions League final.

“He fell on the frame of the net. He has big pain in his ribs. We need to wait until we get home and we will do some images.

“Tomorrow we will have an update on what’s going on. We have a week to prepare, and we will see if it’s possible. If it’s possible we need to push and do everything so he is in goal on Saturday.”

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