Arsenal punished Thomas Tuchel side after Jorginho’s misplaced back pass handed the Gunners the decisive goal despite Kepa Arrizabalaga’s effort.
Kepa, who out-of-position, scrambled to save Jorginho’s miscued back-pass but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s composure ensures that Smith Rowe scored. Despite Jorginho’s mistake, Tuchel took the blame for his team selection.
Tuchel says, “You can say now, it’s an easy one to say, that this is a totally lucky win and nobody can argue with that, because it’s not a deserved win for Arsenal,” .
“But I don’t want to go there because … we all lacked concentration today. We lacked focus. That is very unusual,” he added.
However, Tuchel admits he was banking on weekends FA cup final against Leicester when he picked his squad.
“And maybe I gave some signals to the team with changes that Saturday is on my mind,” Tuchel admitted.
The German added, “Even if it’s one percent or five percent, this is not how we approach things, because you get punished. It’s hard to swallow, hard to accept, but there’s no other way.”
On the Jorginho’s back pass, the former PSG coach felt it would have been treated otherwise. He explains that despite the mistake, his team was not in the field with the same energy all the same.
Thomas explains, “Of course, and maybe, I don’t know if we should have got a penalty for handball in front of the line to save a clear goal.”
Besides, Tuchel claims the incident was not checked by the VAR.
“But in the end, we were not on the pitch with the same energy. Not easy to come up with big intensity with same passing.”
“We were not sharp enough, not with same energy, hunger, attitude, and like we used to play. And so it’s on us. It was totally unnecessary but it’s the reality,” he concluded.