Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over Tottenham leads the latest EPL results for us here at OBN, and perhaps the biggest win so far with new manager Thomas Tuchel leading the Blues, while Jose Mourinho and the Spurs in dismay with its third successive defeat, now in their worst run of league form since 2012.
Tuchel has now enjoyed two wins and a draw, while zero goals were conceded since replacing the former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard.
Also, despite him shown signs of frustration from his technical area, this was ultimately a satisfying outcome.
“The whole first half we totally controlled the game,” said Tuchel. “Maybe we lost confidence in the second half because we lost the ball possession.
“A bit more killer instinct and more aggression in the box would have been nice. It was a big win in an away game and I am very happy.”
With Spurs’ Eric Dier aggressively tripped Timo Werner
to give the Blues a penalty, Jorginho made sure of the opportunity and converted by the 24th-minute mark.
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Despite a single goal showing the difference between the two sides in the end of the match, Chelsea controlled the game possession overall and avoided being unsettled by defender Thiago Silva limping off in the first half.
“It is the style the manager wants us to play and it has been working well,” said Mason Mount, who was so often the impetus of Chelsea’s attacking threat. “It is new, it is different for some of us players. We are all learning but it is obviously going well so far.
“It makes it difficult for any team we play against they don’t know what we are going to be coming with. I have been playing a bit deeper so being up in the box a little bit more I need to work on my finishing.”
With Chelsea’s chase towards the Champions League places gave them a lift, the Spurs on the other hand are slipping away from the top four in a disappointing second season in charge for Mourinho.
Tottenham are seven points from fourth in eighth place having played a game less, and missing its injured Harry Kane, who could return from ankle injuries next week. Tottenham were also beaten at home last Thursday by Liverpool, before collapsing at Brighton.
Perhaps the only relief for Mourinho from here is that fans are not around the stadium due to the pandemic so they could not vent their irritation at the slump.
Mourinho, though, wasn’t so pessimistic.
“In the second half we were different, the spirit was different, the confidence too,” Mourinho said.
“At the end the feeling that I have is that the team stuck together until the end, fought until the end … and to finish the game with this positive spirit helps.”