“I was absolutely not happy with the first 45 minutes” – Tuchel reveals what he told the players at half-time against Tottenham

Chelsea’s 3-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday was a game of two-halves: Tottenham Hotspur dominanting the first half and Chelsea dominanting the second half.

A switch in formation to 3-5-2 and the introduction of N’Golo Kante at half-time changed the game for the Blues.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admitted after the game that he wasn’t impressed with Chelsea’s first-half performance and he revealed he told his players at half-time that Chelsea lacked energy in the first-half.

“I was absolutely not happy with the first 45 minutes,” Tuchel said on Sky Sports.

“In general we lacked intent, we lacked energy and needed to be more relentless in duels and to decide 50-50 balls for us.

“I had the feeling we wanted to impress by pure skills, but a game like this in the Premier League, a derby at Tottenham, it is not only about skilful play.

“It is also about aggression, about winning duels and performing better as a team. We lacked energy and spoke clearly about it at half-time.

“In the second half it was a very good performance and a well-deserved win in the second half. It was a very good reaction, I am absolutely happy with the performance in the second half.”

Tuchel added: “It was a hard choice for Mason Mount and it was a bit more defensive from N’Golo Kante but I wanted to give energy.”

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