Tuchel explains why game against Southampton was difficult

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It wasn’t an easy night in the Carabao Cup round of 16 clash against Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.

It was a tough game at the Bridge, and the game ended 1-1 after 90 minutes of play, with the Blues winning the encounter 4-3 on penalties.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has now explained why the game was difficult, as he revealed that he expected the tough game because of the changes made to the team and the intensity of play from the Saints.

“We were expecting it to be difficult,” said Tuchel.

“We had some last-minute changes. Three potential starters got injured in training yesterday. It was not planned like this, so we had not so many options from the bench to not overuse players.

“We knew it was the first time we played together in this selection and we knew it would be tough against a team that put so much pressure on you. That’s the way it was.

“It was a nice match of football from both teams, a really tough match, and in the end we are happy to win the penalty shoot-out.”

“When you play Southampton you know what you get, intensity, high pressing, a team full of courage and speed,” he added.

“It’s their identity. You have to accept things get tough, and the challenges are constantly there. That’s why I am happy with the performance and the result.”

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