‘It didn’t feel like a friendly’ — Chelsea boss explains why Chelsea didn’t beat Tottenham

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Chelsea totally dominated Tottenham in the first half of the pre-season clash played at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

Hakim Ziyech scored a brace to put Chelsea in front, but the Blues later conceded two goals that saw the match end in a 2-2 draw.

Speaking after the game, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admitted that it didn’t feel like a friendly game and revealed that he was pleased with the performance of his players.

Tuchel believes Chelsea should have won the game but admitted that the numerous changes killed the team’s tempo.

“We should have won,” the Chelsea manager said.

“I’m very happy with the first 60 minutes, we started very well, the game was very tense and you could feel the impact of spectators.

“It did not feel like a friendly match at all for the first 20 minutes and then the game had a little drop in intensity and then the last 15 minutes, with every ball from N’Golo Kante, there was another chance to accelerate the game and we did very well in this.

“We had active ball recoveries, we created good chances, we had good control of the ball, good defending spirit so for 60 minutes I was very happy.

“Then we had a lot of changes and unfortunately two big individual mistakes and Tottenham were very efficient to take it and use them and take away a draw.

“But I think for obvious reasons there are a lot of positive things to take from this match.”

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