could not hide his frustration with Conor Gallagher as he raged at the midfielder on the touchline during ’s win over on Saturday.
Chelsea fell behind at Stamford Bridge as Michail Antonio opened the scoring for West Ham but Tuchel’s men battled back and secured a 2-1 victory with goals from Ben Chilwell and .
West Ham were left angered as they believed Maxwel Cornet late equaliser should have stood, but it was controversially ruled out for a foul on Edouard Mendy in the build up.
Gallagher, meanwhile, has struggled to make an impact since returning to Chelsea following his impressive spell on loan at Crystal Palace last seaosn.
The 22-year-old was sent off in the 2-1 victory over Leicester City last week and subsequently missed the defeat to Southampton on Tuesday evening.
Gallagher returned to the starting line-up for West Ham’s visit to Stamford Bridge but was subbed after just 60 minutes having struggled to make an impact.
During one moment in the first half, Tuchel made it clear that he was unhappy with Gallagher’s display as he vented his frustration at the midfielder’s failure to find a pass.
Speaking about Chelsea’s performance after the game, Tuchel admitted West Ham’s style made it difficult for his players to thrive.
‘I see this all the time when I analyse West Ham, and this is what they do. They make you under-perform, they make the game slow, and they make it difficult to accelerate the game to find the open spaces,’ said Tuchel.
‘If you find the open spaces, it’s only for a short moment – or in spaces that you can’t be dangerous.
‘This is what they do. They defend with bodies, discipline, and physicality. It’s hard to create chances, half-chances, and deliveries. And it’s almost impossible to come back when they are ahead. So the task became more and more difficult for us.
‘We did not play with maybe the biggest belief and self-confidence given the last results, and that I can understand.
‘Nobody was angry at our players. I wasn’t angry. I told them to keep believing and find a better understanding of where we can maybe create an overload.
‘But as I said, it’s hard to play a really attractive game against them because they do what they do at the highest level. So to turn this thing around, maybe we needed to be a goal down and have nothing to lose anymore.
‘We wanted to restart the season today, and we did. Hopefully, the way we did it and the impact from the bench gives us the belief back and the confidence back that we need to play at our highest level.’
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