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It wasn’t an easy game for Chelsea against West Ham at the London Stadium on Saturday evening.
It was billed as the biggest game of the weekend, with two teams level on points fighting for a place in the Champions League.
Chelsea started the game slowly, and took a bit of time before gaining control against a very physical Hammers side.
Speaking after the game, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel hailed his team’s display and explained that it wasn’t an easy start to the game, before Chelsea eventually took control midway through the first-half until the end.
“It is a very significant win because it is so difficult to win here,” Tuchel said in his analysis after a very important win.
“I saw us very strong in the first half, very concentrated. You have to be so patient and aggressive at the same time, because they invite you to come into their half and have ball possession, but once you lose the ball they can punish you at any second with counter-attacks and set-pieces.
“We did not allow that in the first half. We controlled the game. We had excellent counter-pressing and closed the space for counter-attacks very bravely. I’m very happy about that.
“We were a bit too passive and deep for 15 minutes in the second half, and we instantly suffered from their quality and physicality, but overall it is a big strength of ours not to concede chances or big chances. The team effort is huge.
“After 15 minutes of the second half we got control back in the game and had chances to give us a two-goal cushion. If it stays 1-0 it’s always tough until the end, but I felt our team very focused and very strong. It is the best way to arrive into another massive match in the Champions League.”