Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has warned his wards to stop hitting long balls during defeat at home to Manchester City.
City won 1-0 on Saturday via Gabriel Jesus’ winner.
Tuchel has since reflected: “We don’t care against who we play, we do our thing and we need to be better,’ Tuchel explains.
“It’s about making opponents underperform. City did this to us, they had high ball wins. We talked about the high pressing but with our decision-making I never felt fully confident we would escape the pressure with short passes. I never felt fully confident when we decided to go for long balls.
“We have Romelu upfront who we can put long balls into, but without that genuine belief and confidence, and also without the moments where you really hurt your opponent, it gets more and more difficult, and this is how the game went on Saturday.
“When we escaped the pressure, which was hard enough, we took bad decisions in playing into our strikers. When we played it into our strikers, they took bad decisions in the first contact and lost the ball.
“So you lose more and more belief and it was simply not a good enough performance to deserve more.”