Thomas Tuchel blames Chelsea defeat on having to get the bus in strange excuse

Thomas Tuchel has blamed his side's embarrassing defeat on having to get the bus – as you do.

The German manager saw his side get annihilated by Leeds as Chelsea went into halftime 2-0 down thanks to an Edouard Mendy howler that gifted a goal to Brenden Aaronson 33 minutes in before a powerful header from Rodrygo four minutes later doubled the home side's lead. The second half proved just as bad as Jack Harrison secured the win before Kalidou Koulibaly was given his marching orders in the 84th minute when he was shown a second yellow after pulling Jack Gelhardt back.

After the lacklustre performance, the Blues boss came out and blamed the side's travel arrangements in a bizarre attempt to justify his team's atrocious outing. Speaking to BBC Sport, he said: "Everything that can go wrong, did go wrong. It started yesterday. We had no plane to arrive so we came on the bus.

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"The players could fly but for the coaching staff it was a long ride. It continued today. We lost the game in the first 20 minutes."

Tuchel will be feeling the pressure with his side taking four points from the opening three games, with the West London team conceding with one of the last kicks of the game last week against Spurs, meaning the London derby finished even. The slow start comes after a difficult pre-season which also saw the Blues battered 4-0 by Arsenal.

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Chelsea are reportedly still in the market for another forward, with Anthony Gordon thought to be keen on a move to the capital after a £45m bid was made for the Everton winger. The 21-year-old lifelong Toffees fan also looked to have said his last goodbyes to the Goodison Park faithful as he stayed behind to clap the fans after his side's 1-1 draw against Nottingham Forest.

The signing of the England youth international would add to what has already been a busy and expensive first transfer window under Todd Boehly's reign. With the arrivals of the likes of Marc Cucurella, Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly in expensive deals, Chelsea's spending could reach an eye-watering £200m.


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