Lack of Chelsea shots show Thomas Tuchel’s tactics may have been discovered

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Although Chelsea remain in the hunt for both Premier League and Champions League glory – they have lost their two biggest games of the season so far and had just one shot on target in the process.

Thomas Tuchel's side were backed by many to retain their European crown while securing domestic glory, thanks in part to their form last season and also the arrival of Romelu Lukaku.

Beginning the campaign with comfortable wins over Crystal Palace, Arsenal, Aston Villa and Tottenham while drawing against Liverpool with 10 men, the Blues will have been full of confidence.

However, they have subsequently shown their beatable side in their last two outings, failing to have a shot on target in losing at home to Manchester City and having only one in their Champions League defeat to Juventus.

While Tuchel does tend to stick with a pragmatic game plan against the toughest opposition, Chelsea turned the tables to have 66% of the ball in Italy – which makes their lack of accurate attempts on goal a worry.

The former PSG boss will be desperate for his side to bounce back against Southampton on Saturday, with Lukaku looking off the pace in recent fixtures.

If the last two fixtures are anything to go by, opposition bosses look to be getting a better idea of how to deal with the threat of Tuchel's side, although they have been without key figures.

Mason Mount looks a huge miss for Chelsea, as did N'Golo Kante on Wednesday, and the quality of both City under Pep Guardiola and Juventus under Massimiliano Allegri shouldn't be underestimated.

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Tuchel, speaking to BT Sport, said: "We were so good yesterday in training, and not good enough, not free enough today. I felt us slow, tired, mentally slow for decision-making.

"It's a strange one to analyse, but OK. I think we started not sharp enough, we had possession and possession, but the first 12, 15 minutes we could have harmed them much more.

"We should have been much, much sharper. We should have asked more questions. We had two big ball losses where we almost gave goals away. You cannot have this.

"We struggled to create our own rhythm, because they were so deep and so passive. We struggled to find our own intensity, to find the spaces.

"It should be impossible to concede an easy goal like this at this level in the first seconds of the second half.

"You know what's coming, you have defensive organisation like we have, so normally at all times it should be possible to defend it. And we got punished for it, of course."

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