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Thomas Tuchel had it all mapped out before facing Liverpool, as the German boss was confident of getting one over Jurgen Klopp in his first season in the Premier League.
Before the game against Liverpool, Tuchel was sure of beating Liverpool, as he hailed the quality of his side.
Tuchel said ahead of facing Liverpool: “We always have a chance to win any game because we have self-confidence, we have good shape, we have everything we need to win against every team, and this will be a tough opponent.”
He added: “There is no doubt about it, but we are confident enough to go there and prepare ourselves for what we need to do to win, which is nothing else than a top performance.”
Just before the clash, Tuchel explained the reason for his lineup, as he started Timo Werner upfront, with Reece James and Ben Chilwell as his wing-backs. Jorginho and N’Golo Kante were preferred in midfield over Mateo Kovacic.
Explaining his lineup ahead of kick-off, Tuchel admitted that he went for speed.
“We need speed against a high line and Timo has the speed so this is why he’s in,” he said.
“When the game becomes maybe more deeper and we have more crosses or set-pieces then it’s more for Oli [Giroud] but to start with it’s Timo.
“Reecey in exchange for Callum is for the defensive power and physicality. On the other side, Chilly in for Marcos again is for his speed. Marcos [Alonso] has played very well. He’s a bit taller, stronger on set-pieces and very reliable but Chilly is a bit faster and this is what we expect today because Liverpool attack very fast down the sides with Robertson and Alexander-Arnold. We need to be ready for that.”
In his pre-match interview, Thomas Tuchel mentioned the word “speed” five times when describing his team selection, revealing his plan for the game, and it worked.
Almost half of Chelsea’s long passes in the first half were successful, with 11 out of 23. That showed how easy it was for the Blues to find an outlet down either flank. Also, the decision to start Reece James and Ben Chilwell as the wing-backs paid off, as Chelsea ensured Mohamed Salah was kept quiet all game, with Sadio Mane also finding it difficult to operate.