Tuchel ‘absolutely happy’ after Chelsea draw with Manchester United, but Carrick’s ‘disappointed’
Nobody would have expected such a reaction from the two managers, given that current English Premier League (EPL) leaders Chelsea were the overwhelming favourites to win the game, with an out-of-form United still smarting from their 4-1 defeat to Watford last weekend – a result that cruelly ended Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s love story with Liverpool fans.
While Tuchel’s men were the dominant team for most of the game, it was the visitors who took the lead in the 50th minute through Jadon Sancho, who fully capitalised on Jorginho’s error in midfield.
But 19 minutes later, United’s propensity to self-destruct reared its ugly head again, as Aaron Wan-Bissaka carelessly fouled Thiago Silva in the box to concede a penalty.
Jorginho stepped up to take the spot-kick, and made amends for his earlier error by sending David De Gea the wrong way and netting the equaliser for his side.
As a result of the draw, Chelsea’s lead at the top of the table was cut to just one point – following Manchester City’s 2-1 win over West Ham – but despite that, Tuchel seemed to be as pleased as a lark at grabbing the draw against a United side that seemed ripe for another spanking.
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“I'm absolutely happy,” Tuchel declared after the game. “I was happy to coach the team, I saw a huge effort, big intensity, so many ball recoveries in the opponent’s half, put the pressure up high. We controlled the counter-attacks before they started, we were brave and courageous.
“They defended deep and maybe you need the first goal to open up a bit and gain the last per cent of freedom and confidence to have follow-ups and big chances on goal. If you don't score, you always run a bit behind because you feel like you're the stronger team, you play in the opponent’s half so we have two or three big chances we should have maybe used.”
In contrast, Carrick – who made the bold call of omitting Cristiano Ronaldo from the team, for all of 64 minutes – labelled the result “disappointing”.
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Carrick, whose side were boosted by the absence of Harry Maguire, said: “I'm disappointed actually. When you are in front in a game like this to have it taken away is disappointing. I'm proud of the players and the group all week. In a difficult situation we tried to make the best of it. But there is that little bitter feeling. We came to win the game. A little disappointed, I can't lie.”
Having spent a good chunk of his playing career seeing referees award penalties to United rather than against, Carrick naturally took issue with the spot-kick that was given to Chelsea.
“I don't think it was a penalty at all,” Carrick insisted. “They have had a lot of shots, David had two saves which we knew before the game he would have to make one or two. Other than that, I have felt quite comfortable in the game. Of course, we want to be better. I am not getting carried away but I thought we defended well. I cannot fault the boys one bit.”