Another big step in the right direction!
Chelsea travelled to neighbours Tottenham on Sunday night for MW 22 of the Premier League season. Tottenham have been struggling of late with both teams needing a win to cut the gap to the top. Tuchel stuck with a 3-4-3 of sorts but made some changes to the team. Azpilicueta, Silva and Rudiger started ahead of Mendy in goal with Reece James coming in as right wing back and Alonso keeping his place on the left hand side. Mount, and Hudson-Odoi started either side of Werner. It was a solid team and the fact that 3 academy player’s started was a check in several fans boxes.
Chelsea dominated the 1st half from minute 1. It was all Chelsea as Tottenham sat back in their own half soaking up the pressure. Chelsea though similar to the last few games always seemed to fall short at the final pass which was frustrating. Chelsea kept piling the pressure on though and the breakthrough came in the 23rd minute as Werner was brought down in the box by Dier. Jorginho stepped up to take the penalty and the Italian made it 0-1 to Chelsea. Chelsea suffered a bit of a blow in the 36th minute after Silva made an impressive block but seemed to have pulled a muscle in his thigh. The Brazilian legend had been great throughout the game but Christensen came on for him. Chelsea saw out the 1st half still dominating the game but only 1 goal to show for it.
Tottenham had to come out and play in the 2nd half and come out they did as they took the game to Chelsea of sorts. Chelsea had to do more defending in the 2nd half but apart from a few half chances Spurs never looked like they would score past Mendy. Chelsea and the likes of Werner, and Mount had some good chances as well but the finishing was lacking from the front players. Still we managed to see out the game with the single goal and Tuchel got 3 massive points in the process.
Chelsea Team Review
Another game where Mendy didn’t have much to do. The goalkeeper had to make some half saves but was more than up to the task and got another clean sheet to his name.
The defenders stayed solid throughout the game and dominated the likes of Vinicius and Son for large parts of the game. Silva was immense until he got injured but Christensen stepped up and played well. Azpilicueta and Rudiger were also good and a clean sheet is the best that they can do. Reece James was also solid throughout the game and was a constant threat down the right with Hudson-Odoi. Alonso almost played as a striker at times but this time failed to get a goal to his name.
Kovacic and Jorginho were great again. They controlled the tempo of the game and picked up passes to set Chelsea on their way to the Spurs goal. These two have massively improved under Tuchel over the last 3 games and it was clear to see yesterday. Kovacic did come off for Kante late in the 2nd half and the Frenchman did look like he was still recovering from an injury. Mount was solid in a hybrid CAM and False 9 position and was arguably our best player in this game. Mason should the determination to make blocks and chase down loose balls till the final few minutes and it was clear to see that the team was encouraged by it. The young Englishman probably should have had a goal to his name though and he will know that.
Hudson-Odoi was bright in the 1st half once again but seemed to get a bit tired in the 2nd half. It’s good to see him get regular game time. Werner didn’t get a goal but he got the penalty and came close to ending his draught a few times. The German worked hard though and it was clear to see. The goals for him will come eventually.
It was a tactical masterclass from Tuchel as we suffocated Tottenham from minute 1 especially during the 1st half. The Spurs player’s couldn’t beat the press and constantly found themselves defending. 2 wins and a draw for the Tuchel having conceded none as he looks to continues this momentum.
A big win on a rainy night in London takes Chelsea up to 6th and 4 points behind 4th placed Liverpool. For Tuchel and Chelsea it is very much 1 game at a time and the fact that players and fans alike don’t know how they or the team will setup from game to game seems to be catching our opponents off guard. For Spurs its a 3rd defeat and Mourinho’s first successive defeat at home in his career. They sit 8th in the table and with a mountain to climb at the moment.