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New Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel would have been pleased with the outcome of his first meeting with Jose Mourinho.
The two managers locked horns for the first time in their career, and it was Tuchel who carried the day.
Chelsea defeated Tottenham 1-0, but the win was made difficult in the second-half as Spurs pressed hard against Chelsea.
Speaking after the game, Tuchel admitted that he was pleased with the team’s intensity and structure in defending.
“In general I am very pleased with the result, it is a deserved win,” the Chelsea boss 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.”
Tuchel was also pleased with his side’s mental strength that saw them see out the game despite a late Tottenham onslaught.
He further said: “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.”