Joe Cole was upset with Kalidou Koulibaly and Hakim Ziyech after Chelsea lost their first Champions League game against Dinamo Zagreb on a “bad night for the club.”
Winners twice over Chelsea’s first game in the Champions League was a surprise loss to Zagreb by a score of 1-0.
Before this game, the Croatian champions had only won five of their 43 Champions League games. However, after taking an early lead, they were able to frustrate Chelsea.
Cole told BT Sport, when asked how Chelsea played, “Where do you start? The guys in the back need to get it together right away.
“People will look at the goal, but we could have found dozens of times when Koulibaly was on the wrong side of his man.” For a defender who is 31 years old, he needs to get up to speed fast.
Is there a lack of confidence at the other end of the pitch? Thomas Tuchel’s only good thing is that a lot of players have been asking him why they aren’t playing and saying they want a chance.
“Those players came in tonight and didn’t take their chance, so at least he can tell them now why they’re not playing.
“Ziyech is very talented, but for some reason it’s not working out for him at Chelsea.
He hasn’t been at his best, and he wasn’t at his best then. He is working hard to make things happen, but nothing is going his way.
“The club is having a bad night. It’s a huge surprise.’
After their surprising loss in Croatia, Chelsea can’t afford to make too many more mistakes in Europe if they want to make it to the knockout stages and maybe even win a third Champions League.
Group E also has Red Bull Salzburg, the champions of Austria, and AC Milan, one of the best teams in Serie A.
But Chelsea’s lackluster performance shouldn’t have come as much of a shock, since Thomas Tuchel’s team has mostly been good at looking better than they are this season.
Tuchel said, “It’s not good enough from us. We always hear the same story.
“We get off to a good start, but we don’t take advantage of our half-chances, and we don’t know when the game is over in the first 15 or 20 minutes.
“Then we gave up one counterattack, which was way too easy, and after that it was hard for us.”
When asked what upset him the most about losing to Dinamo Zagreb, Tuchel said, “Too much to analyze.” I belong to it.
“It’s clear that we’re not where we need to be or where we can be. So it’s up to me and us to figure out what to do. Right now, there’s nothing there.
Chelsea is currently sixth in the Premier League. On Saturday, they will play against Fulham, another team from west London.