There were a few details lacking that would have made Chelsea’s victory more comfortable according to Thomas Tuchel, as he analysed Thursday night’s 1-0 victory at Tottenham, but there was plenty he believed his side got right.
The German had seen a Jorginho penalty, despatched confidently in the first half, win his first London derby and afterwards he spoke about the choice of that player to take the spot kick. He also dealt with the one set-back from the game, an injury to Thiago Silva, but Tuchel started with his overall assessment of his own team’s showing.
‘In general I am very pleased with the result, it is a deserved win,’ he said.
‘We were very good in the first half, very dominant and strong with the ball, good counter-pressing and we did not allow counter-attacks against one of the most dangerous sides.
‘We lacked a little bit of precision in the box and composure to make it 2-0 and to score more goals and decide the match, so the second half was a bit hard. We had some easy ball loses, and we lost a little bit of ball possession and confidence, but we never lost the structure to defend, we never lost the intensity to push up high, and the courage to defend up high and up front, so I am very pleased.
‘It is normal if you play a dominant game like this and you don’t score the second goal, it can happen that some minutes arrive when you have to suffer, but we were absolutely ready for that both mentally and physical, and I am super happy with the effort. We defended excellently.’
Tuchel highlighted some more half-chances not taken in the second half and bigger chances on the counter-attack, but stressed he is happy his side conceded only one major chance and that was when Tottenham risked a lot near the end. Their striker Carlos Vinicius headed it wide.
On Chelsea’s trend for not killing opposition teams off, he added:
‘We need to create more clear chances, this is the objective and the job from me. One of the hardest things in football is to score and keep calm, but we have trust in our players and we will work to create more clear chances, and to be more effective, but in general everyone wants to score with every half-chance but it is not like this in the Premier League.’
Thiago Silva came off during the second half with a injury to his upper leg having stretched for a ball.
‘It will be very tight for Sunday’s game, only two days recovery,’ Tuchel said about the likelihood the player will be out. 'It is too early to give a diagnosis because I saw him very briefly with a big strap around his muscle. We will have to wait until tomorrow so we can confirm it but I think for Sunday he is a big doubt.’
The new boss was asked if he had spoken to Jorginho about his penalty taking method, which the player changed for the one at Tottenham having missed some recently.
‘The guys took some penalties in the last nine days after training,’ he reported, ‘and we have Willy Caballero pushing our penalty takers to be absolutely serious. If you are not serious you don’t score against him, so you get a pretty good picture of who is capable and who is not.
‘Jorginho and Mason Mount were the names we put down and I went to Jorginho just before the match and asked him if he feels confident if we get a penalty and he said clearly yes. So we trusted him but I did not talk to him about how to take them. The players have to do it how they feel confident, and we are very happy he could score it.’