Thomas Tuchel was left ‘sad’ after Olivier Giroud and Callum Hudson-Odoi failed to make the impact he had hoped for in Chelsea’s defeat to Arsenal on Wednesday night.
It was a frustrating night for the Blues as they were beaten 1-0 by the Gunners thanks to an early Emile Smith Rowe from a Jorginho error.
Chelsea dominated the match but couldn’t break down a stubborn Arsenal side and created few clear chances over the match.
Giroud came off the bench and had one of the few good opportunities, hitting the bar, while Hudson-Odoi came on at half-time and also missed a decent chance.
Both the Frenchman and the Englishman have played very few minutes in recent games and looked rusty as a result, but Tuchel insists it should not be difficult for them to make an impact when they are given time on the pitch.
The German expects his forward players to be ready to make the most of any opportunities they are given and was left ‘sad’ that they couldn’t.
‘It is not hard,’ said Tuchel. ‘They are professionals for Chelsea, it is the opposite of hard. They have the best situation that you can have as footballers.
‘As a striker sometimes two minutes can change a whole life and career. It is not hard at all. ‘They deserve to come on, deserve to play. Had a chance to play it was super tough, but this is how it is.
‘You sign up for the biggest challenge, you sign up for one of the toughest competitions within a team and we cannot let everybody start so once I have the feeling they can help us from the bench it is like this.
‘When I have the feeling they can help us from the start I will play them from the start. It is nothing you cannot handle.
‘They work hard for this and everything is ok. I am sad because I thought maybe they could have the magic touch today to help us to win at least a point, but it is not their fault.’
Tuchel made seven changes to the team that beat Manchester City at the weekend with the FA Cup final against Leicester coming up on Saturday and admits that could have been too many.
‘It is our fault, nobody else’s,’ he said. ‘We lost the game, it’s totally our responsibility. Overall we were not sharp enough, we could not put up the same intensity as usual.
‘Maybe I made too many changes from the last match so I take full responsibility for that, and maybe it’s the last wake-up call for us.’