Tuchel reveals what made him super happy with Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Newcastle

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Chelsea were in rampant form yet again as the Blues defeated Newcastle 3-0 at the St James Park to extend our lead at the top of the table.

After a difficult first 45 minutes, three second half goals did the trick for Chelsea in the second period.

Speaking after the game, Chelsea boss Tuchel Tuchel revealed that what pleased him most was the team’s off the ball performance. Chelsea worked hard and pressed the home team whenever they had the ball, and as a result, they couldn’t have a sniff on the Chelsea goal.

For Tuchel, the team’s work rate and off the ball performance was what made him happy.

“We protected ourselves in close distance and protect us against counter-attacks,” Thomas Tuchel said after Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Newcastle.

“Then, we increased risks and were more dangerous with Hakim [Ziyech] and Kai [Havertz] playing closer together and collecting second balls. The pressure was growing. It is not the football match where you need a goal to set things clear and gain freedom.

“It is sometimes dangerous to not fall asleep, to not confuse being patient with being slow. I am super happy with the performance off the ball, we were brilliant all match.

“Defending all the first and long balls, the second and third balls, to collect them. If you have so much ball possession, to close the spaces. That was the key. I think we were brilliant off the ball today.”

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