Supporters were back in the ground for the first time since December and Chelsea treated all those watching at Stamford Bridge and around the world to a most impressive display, especially in the first 45 minutes against Leicester City tonight.
Other than some maddeningly frustrating bad luck — Werner seeing two goals ruled out, one for offside one for handball, and a stonewall penalty on Werner going uncalled even by VAR, in addition to a multitude of decent-to-good chances going begging — Chelsea dominated the visitors to a much greater extent than we ever did in Saturday’s FA Cup final.
It was a performance that rightly pleased head coach Thomas Tuchel, especially after back-to-back defeats by the narrowest of margins. This time, second-half goals ensured that even when we gifted a goal to Kelechi Iheanacho, all three points stayed safely at the Bridge.
“Fantastic [...] the speed in our game, the hunger, the ambition. It was a very strong performance and I’m delighted the team can present itself like this in front of our fans.”
“[...] today we did what we do. We played courageous, high intensity, aggressive [...] it was much better. Top performance. First half was amazing. Second half as well. We gave an easy goal away that made us suffer a bit in the end but overall a very deserved win.”
The win moves Chelsea up to third, which we can keep for good by beating Aston Villa on the final day of the Premier League season on Sunday. They may not have anything tangible to fight for, but that doesn’t mean it will be easy. And a slip-up would still open the door for us finishing outside the top-four.
“It was an outstanding performance but the job is not done. We have two more to go. The fans made a huge difference.
“[But] it’s not done [this] is no time now for extra praise. Enjoy, shut up, enjoy your free day and get ready for Sunday. I don’t feel comfortable now celebrating, I just say what’s needed.”
“It’s still in our hands. We need another huge performance but with fans in the Aston Villa ground will be super hard.”
-Thomas Tuchel; source: Sky via BBC
Two finals down, two to go. Two more wins needed.