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Tuchel reflects on a huge team effort but an undeserved result

Thomas Tuchel acknowledged an impressive showing from his Chelsea players at Old Trafford and could only express disappointment we were not more precise in front of goal.

The Blues dominated for vast swathes of our meeting with Manchester United on Thursday evening but had to settle for a point after Cristiano Ronaldo swiftly cancelled out Marcos Alonso’s opener on the hour.

There was no question Chelsea were the superior side on the night but when asked for his verdict, Tuchel admitted to mixed emotions.

‘I’m a little bit frustrated,’ the boss said.

‘We were very strong on and off the ball. Very dominant. A lot of ball wins, a lot of deliveries, a lot of half-chances, a lot space around the box, but unfortunately we lacked precision and determination in the box to finish it off.

‘When we had it [the lead], we gave it away it one minute later, so it started all over again, but the reaction was good. I’m very happy with the performance. It was a huge team effort and we showed what it needs to win in a big stadium on a big stage, on a focus level, on a physical input level.

‘We were very fluid, very confident. I was happy with the way we played. We found enough moments for acceleration to take more advantage. It felt like a little bit was missing in the last 16 yards of the field to be more decisive earlier.

‘Sometimes days like this happen, but it’s on us to learn from it. To win on stages like this, you have to be clinical to get the rewards. It was a huge team effort with a lot of quality but unfortunately, we don’t have what we deserve.’

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