Thomas Tuchel praises Chelsea trio for taking their chance against Southampton
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Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea snatched all three points late on against Ralph Hasenhuttl's Southampton on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League, courtesy of a strong team performance.

Goals came from Trevoh Chalobah, Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell, but that doesn't tell the full story of what was, particularly in the first half, an impressive Blues' outing, up until the equaliser.

Such a performance involved many laudable individual showings, but there were three players in particular who impressed the German head coach the most, and he spoke about them in his post-match press conference following the win.

They, ironically, have been the some of the least involved members of the squad during this season thus far, but they certainly made their case to be more regular starters in the pulsating clash.

'No Pressure'

When asked about the performances of two of the aforementioned three in the form of Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Tuchel spoke glowingly when referring to the Englishmen.

'Most important is that I feel Ruben [Loftus-Cheek] and Ross [Barkley] at the moment feel no pressure. They are happy to have these chances, to feel the support, and perhaps six weeks ago they couldn't have imagined they were in the situation to get real minutes, important minutes.'

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It has come as something of a surprise that both Loftus-Cheek and Barkley even remained in West London after the summer transfer window, given the seeming lack of opportunity in their current situation.

As it was however, the duo chose to stay and they will be pleased they did so, as they are now clearly taking their chances to the full extent possible, ahead of other world-class members of the squad.

'Positive Spirit'

Not only did he praise the freedom with which they played themselves, but Tuchel also spoke of the impact they have on the rest of their teammates too.

'So they can help us because they have this kind of positive spirit and they didn't feel the pressure. In the last two games, of course, we lost and we felt something was lacking.'

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Having players who also improve teammates when they play is always an added bonus for a coach, so Tuchel will be delighted with the impact the two have had in the games they have played recently.

Whether they will remain in the side as the weeks go on and various other players return from injury remains to be seen, but for now it seems likely that they will continue to play at least some part.

'Keep On Going'

The final of the three players that the Chelsea boss mentioned in his press conference was compatriot Timo Werner, who finally ended his goal drought in the Premier League against the Saints.

It took him a few attempts - one goal was ruled out by VAR due to a controversial foul decision and Alex McCarthy made an excellent save to deny him - but in the end it was the forward who got the winner in the 84th minute.

Tuchel spoke of how 'all of us' are relieved that he got on the scoresheet, joking that 'We have the feeling every time he scores there is a VAR decision ready to take it away from him.'

He went on to say: 'He has to keep on going, he can improve his game, a lot to improve but we are happy and relieved also that he scored in the late minutes of this game. It was a very important goal to secure the win and on the other hand he was there where he needed to be.'

It's clear from the Blues' boss's words that, while he is happy for the German striker, it is the sort of goal he would hope he would be in the right place to score, so has challenged him to keep up the form.

Of course, there is now an international break which may in fact be of frustration to the 25-year-old attacker, but whatever happens it can be said with relative certainty that Werner won't stop giving it his all, regardless of the outcome.

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