Alan Shearer has questioned Thomas Tuchel’s reason behind Chelsea's lacklustre display in the 1-1 draw against Brighton on Tuesday, after the head coach claimed his side were too “tired” to even celebrate their goal.

The Blues went ahead in the first half when Hakim Ziyech’s speculative effort beat Robert Sanchez at his near post on 28 minutes, but the all-around muted celebration left fans and pundits puzzled.

Brighton had been applying pressure in the first half and were perhaps unfortunate to go behind, having dominated the ball in Chelsea ’s half.

The Seagulls continued where they left off after the interval and got their reward when captain Aidan Webster headed home unmarked from a corner.

The draw means Chelsea are now four games without a win in the Premier League, with five of their last 10 league matches ending all square.

Brighton had the benefit of a six-day rest period before the game and it appeared Graham Potter’s side were more energised than the visitors as they earned a deserved point.

The result all but ends Chelsea’s title challenge as they now trail Manchester City by 12 points, with Pep Guardiola’s side still having a game more to play.

But Tuchel was unsurprised when asked about his side’s lack of endurance, even suggesting they did not celebrate in an attempt to conserve their energy.

“I think this is normal. But I think even in the reaction of the goal you can see we were tired,” Tuchel told BT Sport after the game.

“We were relieved we had the goal but it was not like the pure joy because they are saving energy.

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“That is my feeling of the moment and of the team right now.”

Tuchel opted to leave Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Mateo Kovacic on the bench, despite the German pair rarely featuring in the side in recent weeks.

And Shearer, working as a pundit for sports broadcaster DAZN, dismissed Tuchel’s view that his team were suffering from fatigue — suggesting the strength in depth the German has at his disposal means he can rotate.

“Don’t accept that, I’m not having that,” Shearer replied when being shown the clip of Tuchel speaking.

“I get it’s been a tough time for every football club in the world, they’ve all had very difficult circumstances, as has everyone, not just football.

“But he’s got a bench tonight that’s worth £220million. Kovacic, Havertz, Werner, Pulisic… [Tuchel] left Mount out on Saturday, brought Mount back in tonight.

“That performance, certainly going forward, was not a tired performance.

“That performance going forward was a team that’s really struggling on confidence and I’m not sure that they’re all on the same page.

“That for me is why it was a poor performance.”

Chelsea will face Tottenham on January 23 in their final match before a much-needed rest period as the Premier League welcomes the winter break.

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