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Thomas Tuchel: Chelsea have learnt their lesson from City defeat

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Chelsea head to the Etihad Stadium for Saturday’s early kick-off and manager Thomas Tuchel will be hoping for a better performance than their clash back in September.

The German gaffer admitted that he got his tactics wrong when Manchester City ended Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the season at Stamford Bridge with a 1-0 victory.

“My approach was the wrong approach, tactically,” he said. “They were too aggressive to our build-up play and we did not have the solution to escape from our own half.

“We could have done better, but I think the approach was too defensive. It was not meant like this but it turned out this way. So, lesson learned.”

The Blues currently sit in second place in the Premier League table, 10 points behind Manchester City.

Chelsea can’t afford a defeat if they wish to stay in the title race and the 48-year-old Chelsea manager hinted at a change in tactics.

“It’s not the worst thing to have a wild match against Manchester City and to break out of all the structure and controlled situation,” said Tuchel.

Chelsea will have to face City without key players, including defender Reece James, who has recently tested positive for COVID-19.