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Tuchel pleased with win at Leicester and substitutes’ impact, but still wants more from his Blues

Thomas Tuchel was happy with his players' performance against Leicester City and felt the result was fully deserved for their efforts, even if he wants to see a more clinical Chelsea side in the future.

We came away from the King Power Stadium with a 3-0 victory thanks to goals from Antonio Rudiger, N'Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic, and it was a margin which could have been even larger given that we had the ball in the back of the net on a further three occasions, only to see them ruled out for offisde.

That left Tuchel in an understandably good mood after the final whistle and proud of his team, although he did feel we should have put the game to bed earlier by finding the third goal in the first half, given how much we dominated the opening 45 minutes.

‘We could have finished the game with a third one earlier,’ he said. ‘There are still things to improve, technical things, decision making and conversion from our chances. But it was a good performance and we needed it, to get a deserved win and a clean sheet and we did deserve it.

‘I think we played a good game, a good away game, we have an excellent result so it’s a good mix, we created a lot of chances and half-chances, were a bit unlucky with the offside decisions, but I’m happy we created and never stopped creating and that was the key.

‘You have to decide the game when it’s possible to decide. I thought we could be more precise, we could be more clinical in the last third in the first half because we played with such effort, we had such good ball recoveries high up the pitch, we were good in finding the spaces with the ball.

‘Of course we all know that a third goal would have decided the match pretty sure. With a two-goal lead you are pretty comfortable but you can never be completely comfortable. One goal, one set-piece, one deflected shot can change the whole momentum and suddenly you struggle when it’s not necessary.

‘I am happy but there’s always room for improvement. The players know very well when they do a good match and they did a good match today. It is a team effort and it was a huge effort that we put into attacking and defending, and I’m happy that the team got the win they deserved.’

Tuchel explained the thinking behind giving our wing-backs such attacking freedom after another impressive game from Ben Chilwell and Reece James...

'We know, the whole team, me included, the places we can take risks and adapt our positions. Not to go full over-confident, not to do crazy stuff, but to have a bit of wild momentum and a bit of freedom in our attacking movements. I think the wing-back positions can also adapt their positions to half-positions and to support our attackers.

'I think it’s a matter of repetition, a matter of understanding with each other, and at the moment they do very good, no matter who plays. Azpi has had fantastic matches in this position and also Marcos Alonso, today it was Reecey and Chilly. We want to be dangerous from certain spaces and to accelerate the game in certain spaces so they are allowed to do it.'

He was also delighted for Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech, who came off the bench and combined for our third goal...

'It’s one of Christian's key qualities, to arrive exactly like that, not only in the box but also in the six-yard box. This is a top quality from him.

'He gives something of course in terms of sprints, repetitive sprints, intensity on and off the ball, but in the end of the attacks he is hungry to score, he arrives in the box and this is where we need players also, to be dangerous and to score.

'I’m very happy that, after a long time when he suffered from Coronavirus and injury, that he is back and decisive straight away and I’m very happy also for Hakim, who deserved to start, that he was again involved with an assist.'
 

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