Chelsea press conference LIVE: Thomas Tuchel on Zenit, Werner, Lukaku, Saul, latest injury, more
Good evening and welcome for the live coverage of Thomas Tuchel’s post-match press conference following Chelsea’s 3-3 Champions League draw against Zenit.
The Blues knew from the start of the game that victory would secure them first place in Group H and they got off to a perfect start as Ross Barkley, playing in the double six, took a corner and Timo Werner was there to touch. home in the first two minutes. .
Chelsea had two good chances to double their advantage but neither were seized and it turned out to be costly as a header from Claudinho brought Zenit up to level.
Minutes later, the Russian champions grabbed a second when Sardar Azmoun was scored on goal and bypassed Kepa to put the home side ahead at half-time.
Tuchel will have waited for an answer from him. It didn’t really happen. Chelsea remained laborious but a brief moment of quality allows the Blues to come back to level. Werner played a nice one-two with Barkley on the edge of the box before lining up for Romelu Lukaku to finish.
Chelsea struggled to find a winner to secure first place and with five minutes to go they thought they had one when Werner landed a nice finish from inside the penalty area.
However, late in stoppage time, Magomed Ozdoyev equalized to doom Chelsea to second place in Group H. Juventus progressed as the group winner.
We will have all of Tuchel’s post-game thoughts imminently. Updates will appear below.