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Chelsea were totally dominant with the ball in Thomas Tuchel’s first game in charge of the club.
Chelsea totally bossed the game and completed 820 passes and recorded 78.9 per cent possession – both the highest totals by a team in their manager’s first Premier League game in charge since data started being recorded.
New Blues boss Thomas Tuchel believes that the Chelsea fans will be pleased with the display of the team in just his first game in charge, having had limited training sessions.
Tuchel said: “When I look at this game today I’m pretty amazed because I can totally identify with what we did here. I would have been happy to have a full stadium here, I think the fans would have liked what they saw here.
“We managed to put the game completely into the opponents half, we managed to close down counter-attacks very early, we created a lot of half chances and with every minute more and more chances.”
Tuchel also admitted that he was pleased with the team’s performance and he told the players not to be disappointed with the draw.
“I walked in the dressing room and told everybody there is no room for disappointment now. There is no room for doubts,” he said.
“In the opposite, I was very happy with the performance energy-wise, our intensity. We had I think 16 recoveries in the last third. We were very structured, we did not allow any dangerous counter-attacks to one of the most dangerous teams in counter-attacks.
“So we were very well organised, we were brave, we had courage and we played really well as a team, offensively and defensively, with good input from the bench from the guys that came on and a very good attitude from those on the bench who did not come on. There was a good spirit.”
Tuchel further revealed that Chelsea might have gotten a goal if fans were present at the stadium.
“It’s a pity that we didn’t have the support from the supporters. I think they could have helped in all these half-chances, to create maybe the one decisive goal that opens up the spaces a bit more. So it was hard work but we never lost intensity and for that I’m actually very happy. If this was our starting point, I’m looking forward to where we will end up.”