'This has to stop!' - Thomas Tuchel issues warning to Chelsea players after Arsenal defeat

Chelsea boss understands fans' frustrations as defensive fragility strikes again.

Thomas Tuchel was angry at his Chelsea side after another error-strewn performance in their 4-2 defeat to Arsenal.

Chelsea have been vulnerable at Stamford Bridge of late and have now conceded 11 goals in their last three home games.

Eddie Nketiah (two), Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka scored for Arsenal to boost their Champions League hopes, with Timo Werner and Cesar Azpilicueta replying for the Blues.

Azpilicueta was involved in a confrontation with supporters at the end of the match, and Tuchel afterwards said he more than understood fan frustration right now.

"I was not part of it, I saw it, but, honestly, I can also understand the fan," Tuchel said.

"It was a totally wild and open game in the first half, already at 2-2 after we came back twice.

"We had a good start but again gave the first goal away, which is impossible to do these things in consecutive matches. But we're doing it.

"We came back twice and we scored another two in the second half, unfortunately for the wrong side.

"It's a level of mistakes, the number of mistakes in consecutive games here at home, it's impossible at this kind of level. You don't see this.

"It's simply impossible, but we're doing this at the moment and you cannot win football games like this.

"It's not about individual players. A defensive performance is a team performance and an offensive performance is a team performance.

"You need to have the tactics right, which is doubtful I had this right, and you need the team selection right, again it's doubtful I had this right.

"Then it's a game for the players. They get full praise when they do it, when they did it for the last three matches.

"And they have to face the reality that it's impossible to win matches if you make this amount of mistakes of this calibre. It's simply impossible. I don't see it in any other matches but I see it now in consecutive matches of our games and it has to stop."

Chelsea remain in a strong position to qualify for the Champions League, currently sitting five points ahead of both Tottenham and Arsenal with a game in hand.

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