Tuchel explains why game against Zenit was tough

Chelsea’s Champions League group might seem easy on paper, but Zenit St Petersburg have shown that they are not an easy side to beat as Chelsea had to win the game by just a goal.

A 69th minute header from Romelu Lukaku separated Chelsea from the Russian side, and the second half header was what separated the two teams.

Zenit made life difficult for Chelsea in the first half as they were difficult to break down and they pressed well in the middle of the park.

Chelsea played better in the second half, and Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has admitted he was pleased with the second half performance as his team improved their play.

“I’m happy in general with the performance,” said Tuchel soon after the final whistle.

“It was a tough match against a strong opponent and it was tough for us in the first half to find little gaps to accelerate the game and to be dangerous in the box and to create touches in the box.

“But we played with high intensity, we had many ball recoveries. We had to be very, very focused and aware in defence because Zenit have a lot of individual quality upfront, and we did all that.

“In the second half we found it a bit easier to find spaces between the lines to accelerate, to create chances, half-chances and deliveries.”

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