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Thomas Tuchel believes his Chelsea players looked tired during their 1-1 draw against Brighton in the Premier League. It was a lackluster performance by the Blues who took the lead thanks to an Hakim Ziyech piledriver before Adam Webster equalized. Chelsea has lacked the cutting edge recently having drawn three and lost one in their last four league games.

“I answered this question a hundred times, if you look at our situation of long-term injuries, of key players injured, and of Covid and you look at our schedule you will have the answer,” Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said. “We are mentally tired and physically tired, you can see it in our performance, it’s as easy as that. We need to recharge the batteries, we need to reconnect. This is my feeling, that’s why I give the players two days off, and then we will use Friday and Saturday to prepare for Sunday.”

“So, so badly. You can say it’s an excuse but it’s like this,” he added when asked if the team needed rest. “Look at our schedule when we arrived at Man City, we had Carabao Cup in between, they did not. When we arrived here, they had more days to prepare. We’ve played like this since November, we are the team that plays and plays and plays. We have to respect the opponent – it’s very tough to play at Brighton. They played it like a cup game and the noise at the end of the whistle was like if we lost the game and it can very easily give you the impression that we lost, but we didn’t.”

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