In pictures: Brighton v Chelsea
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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel had no problem with the disagreement between Romelu Lukaku and Hakim Ziyech during the draw with Brighton on Tuesday. Lukaku and Ziyech seemed to be at each other throughout the 1-1 draw at the Amex. The television cameras picked up the duo having a strong conversation as they walked off at half-time.
Chelsea took the lead in the first half, with Ziyech’s 20-yard strike proving too much for Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez.
But Brighton refused to let that faze them and came back strongly.
They grabbed a deserved equaliser in the second half through Adam Webster and could have stole all three points near the end.
Tuchel was critical of his attacking players in the build-up to the match.
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Afterwards, the German was asked about the conversations Lukaku and Ziyech were having, which at times seemed to become heated.
BT Sport reporter Des Kelly asked Tuchel: “Are they trying to work something out there?”
To which the former PSG boss replied: “I hope.
“It’s normal that they talk, it’s normal that they’re not happy and it’s normal that they don’t like it if we say that we want more from them. That is normal.”
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Ziyech was not elaborate in his celebration of his goal but Tuchel insisted he did not have a problem with that either.
Asked if it was an angry reaction from the forward, Tuchel said: “Well hopefully, hopefully.
“Yeah I’m happy. He can score 20 more and not celebrate, I have no problem.”
Chelsea are now 12 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City and missed the chance to go above Liverpool in second.
Tuchel claimed his side were tired and need a few days rest soon after a hectic fixture schedule.
“We looked tired, and we are,” he added.
“It’s like this, we knew they were well prepared, they had more time and less games to prepare for this match.
“You see at the end the reaction after the whistle, the stadium celebrated like a victory. That’s what you face.
“We need our full strength to overcome this obstacle at the moment, it’s difficult so no blame for the team. They tried everything but you can see they’re mentally tired.
“We need some days off. We have two days off and two days to prepare for the next match against Tottenham. Then the boys need some days off, there’s no other solution.”
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