Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has confessed that his team did not deserve to win their Premier League match against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
The Blues came into the game hoping to win their fourth consecutive encounter against the Citizens, but Pep Guardiola's team won 1-0 thanks to a deflected effort from Gabriel Jesus.
Tuchel claimed that his team's performance was "not complex enough," despite the fact that the hosts were unable to field club-record acquisition Romelu Lukaku.
"We lost the game and City deserved to win. Until the goal, we were very strong in the last 20 meters of the field, but only there, unfortunately. Everywhere else we were not good enough to relieve pressure and to hurt them," Tuchel told BT Sport.
"The performance was not complex enough. Overall, simply, we were not at our best level. After the goal it felt a little bit like the belief in winning was bigger than the fear of losing, I don't know why. We tried to push and get the crowd behind us. It was a very emotional game but never on our highest level.
"We conceded a goal from a set play. Even if we wanted to go for long balls for Romelu [Lukaku] it was not precise enough. I didn't really feel the belief that we could escape the short balls. It was doubtful and it felt like we had something to lose. We lacked a little bit of freshness also."
Chelsea will be trying to get back on track when they face Juventus at home on Wednesday night in the Champions League group stage.