Chelsea set up in the same formation as we finished against Burnley, and started even better than we had played in that game, completely dominating proceedings against Spurs, who, unexpectedly, were happy to defend and look for counters.
Chelsea’s pressure eventually paid off when Dier had a silly moment, went to ground, and brought Werner down in a tangle of legs for a loose ball. Jorginho stepped up and went for power to score.
The only problem of Chelsea’s first-half was that we didn’t score more, and that Thiago Silva went down with a right leg injury just past the half-hour mark.
Spurs came out of the break with much more intent and much more pressing and attacking effort. Chelsea played with fire a few times at the back, and wasted multiple excellent chances to extend our lead, but fortunately we managed to keep another clean sheet and collect all three points.
- Just a couple changes from the Burnley lineup, with Reece James getting his first start from Tuchel slotting in at right wing-back and Hudson-Odoi pushing up top to play alongside Werner with Abraham dropping to the bench.
- Silva’s injury sees Christensen make his Tuchel debut, slotting in centrally in the back-three as he used to do under Conte
- Pulisic for Hudson-Odoi in attack and Kante for Kovacic in midfield complete the three subs.
- 7 points from 9 for Tuchel, with all three clean sheets.
- Chelsea move up into 6th, level on points with Everton in 7th and three ahead of Spurs in 8th, who have two and one games-in-hand, respectively.
- Next up: Sheffield United away, on Sunday