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Tuchel frustrated as Chelsea draw with Charlotte on Sterling debut

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was left disappointed by their 1-1 draw with Charlotte.

Christian Pulisic opened the scoring for Chelsea while for the start of the second half, Raheem Sterling was introduced and he went on to show the odd exciting flash of his talent

He was denied a goal by a good save towards the end of the second period, but a Trevoh Chalobah handball gave Charlotte a lifeline they grabbed.

A saved Conor Gallagher spot-kick decided the penalty shoot-out that followed.

Tuchel later said: “In general, I would say we played a good first half but only 80 metres of the pitch. The last 20 metres were not good enough. We struggled with our decision making and precision in the last 20 metres. There were not enough chances, not enough clear chances.

“We allowed two big chances out of nothing, this was the point of the very first. Otherwise I thought we played a very good match. Second half it took us 30 minutes to show some quality and then it was maybe only for 10 minutes. So not good, not good at all.”

On Sterling, he added: “I saw four accelerations in the second half I think and they all came from Raheem. There is not need for major doubts or criticism, but it’s never important what the manager has in his head ahead of pre-season.

“I think we had enough spaces and enough quality in the first half to dominate and finish the game off in the first 20 minutes. We keep on struggling to feel these things and then it is not the first time we get punished. If you keep the stadium alive, this is what can happen.”

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