The Warm Down: Tuchel's Chelsea keep third consecutive clean sheet
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Mason Mount of Chelsea carries the ball during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on February 04, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Neil Hall - Pool/Getty Images)

Chelsea managed to see off Jose Mourinho's Tottenham in a 1-0 victory. Jorginho's penalty, converted in the 24th minute was the only difference between the two sides. 

Reliable defender Thiago Silva was taken off just after half an hour, suffering a muscular injury that Chelsea fans will hope won't sideline him for too long. 

After losing to Thomas Tuchel's men, the home side lost back to back games at their new stadium for the first time ever. 

Tuchel claimed that his team "never lost the belief" after having to double down defensively at the end of the second half in order to hold on to the three points. 

The German manager is now unbeaten in his first three games in charge of the West-London giants as his players are seeming to buy into the new philosophy implemented at Stamford Bridge. 

  • High intensity Blues deserving winners

The Blues commanded 70% possession in the first half, showcasing an impressive 45 minutes of football. The newly installed wing-backs in Reece James and Marcos Alonso pressed high up the pitch and overwhelmed the Spurs defence, causing the Lily-Whites to drop deep into their own half. 

Although only managing to muster one shot on target in the whole match, the Blues kept creating positive chances, catching the Tottenham defence slipping with quick passing and explosive runs.

From watching the game it was clear to see who was the side enamoured by new found form, and which was on the ropes thanks to a couple of disheartening defeats. 

  • Tuchel succeeding where Lampard failed?

Golden boy Mason Mount admitted after the game that his manager was keen on experimenting with different players in different positions, taking on a variety of roles for the team. 

Frank Lampard was criticised at the beginning of the season for his varied team selection, being accused of "not knowing his best eleven" and suffering at the hands of his "bloated squad." This alluded to the suggestion that Chelsea had signed too many players in the summer transfer window. 

However a selection headache has been the least of Tuchel's worries as his continued roll of the dice seems to be paying off. 

The club have managed to pick up six points in their last two matches since the boss brought Alonso back into the fray. Jorginho has also been solid when returning to the side, as has Callum Hudson-Odoi who has started three consecutive Premier League games for the first time in his career. 

 

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