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New Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has gotten his first taste of the Premier League outside of London, as the Blues travelled to Sheffield to face the Blades at the Bramall Lane.
Chelsea got a 2-1 win, but it wasn’t by any means an easy result against a relegation threatened side.
Sheffield indeed got the German on his toes, as they threatened to score just after 35 seconds and then had a penalty overturned by VAR before Mason Mount fired us ahead on the stroke of half-time. Rudiger would then score an own goal to make things worse, but Timo Werner helped win a penalty that Jorginho would eventually convert.
For Thomas Tuchel, it’s a different kind of job, and he’s loving it.
“The type of football is physical and tougher and there is a lot of quality and during matches it never stops,” Thomas Tuchel told Sky Sports about his first impressions of the Premier League.
“You feel absolute spirit to give everything in every match it brings out the best in every player and it’s a pleasure to coach every game because this is what we love and what I love and so far things are going well and we are happy.”
“You arrive in Sheffield in February and it’s waiting for you,” he said of the tricky conditions posed by the environment and our hosts.
“It feels like a cup game when you arrive against a team full of energy and courage. Against a very direct and physical team, you have to accept that not all moments in the game are easy and we accepted that, which was good.
“We had some difficult moments to overcome, we were lucky with the penalty not to be 1-0 down, but in general it was a deserved win and I’m happy for that because from here we can build confidence.”