PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 10: Paris Saint-Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel looks on during a training session at Ooredoo Center on March 10, 2020 in Paris, France. Paris Saint-Germain will face Borussia Dortmund in their UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match on March 11, 2020. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier - PSG/PSG via Getty Images)
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Thomas Tuchel felt Chelsea lacked rhythm and self-confidence in the win at Barnsley. Chelsea is currently through to the last eight of the FA Cup.

Thomas Tuchel said he “expected more” from them in a 1-0 FA Cup fifth round victory at Barnsley. He felt his Chelsea side showed lack of courage.

Tammy Abraham scored his 12th goal of the season yesterday which ensured that the Blues will in the quarter-finals face Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge on the weekend of March 20-21.

The Chelsea head coach has overseen four wins and a draw since replacing Frank Lampard last month, conceding just one goal in the process, but wanted to see more from a much-changed side.

Thomas Tuchel on the touchline, said: “The changes [he made at half-time] made it a little easier to get into the opponent’s half and overcome the first press.

“We did it well at the start of the second half and played constantly in the opponents half. We scored the goal and I had the feeling that they increased the risk but we stepped down in the little decisions.

“Not enough courage and it was too deep for a long, long time. We clearly can play better, so yes I expected more but not in terms that I am frustrated.

“If you lack a rhythm and a bit of self-confidence and you have to show on this pitch, against an opponent that takes all the risk and plays the game of his life, that is not easy. We can do better but I don’t want to be too hard on the players.”

Chelsea beat the Blades 2-1 at Bramall Lane last weekend but Tuchel is happy not to be travelling back to South Yorkshire to face a team who are bottom of the Premier League and looking destined for the drop.

On playing Sheffield United in the last eight: “It’s going to be a tough one. They are a very physical team that presses high. They are organised but I am happy to have a home game. This is what we wanted.”

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