“We played with a back four but..” – Thomas Tuchel explains tactics used against Tottenham Hotspur

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has explained the tactics the Blues used in the 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night.

According to Tuchel, the Blues played with a back four when in possession but defended in a back five.

When asked if Chelsea will play the back four against Manchester City and other strong sides going forward, Tuchel said: “If it makes sense and we think it makes sense we can see it again. We have played it now twice and in both games we were very committed to the structure and very disciplined.

“So well done to the team, full credit to them that they are open to some adjustments that give us more options and maybe makes us a bit more unpredictable.

“Of course, today we used it again for the build-up but defended in a back five. It’s good to have these options but it needs to fit into what we expect and which spaces we expect to find. We will decide from match to match.”

Tuchel also gave his verdict on Chelsea’s performance against Tottenham Hotspur.

He said: “I think we started well, created chances, scored and then had even more confidence. We played a very good 30/35 minutes.

“We lost a bit of control, focus, some important duels and were lucky that suddenly we didn’t concede. We were a bit sloppy and weren’t full aware of the danger. I had the feeling on the touchline we were playing with fire.

“Second half again, strong start for 15 minutes but again the same story. We conceded a penalty that wasn’t a penalty or a big chance. We struggled to cope with the momentum.

“We had many ball losses, lost many challenges one-on-one. So big space to improve, it wasn’t a super bad game, but it was an ok game and there were some moments and minutes there were good. But there are some that need huge improvement.

“We have to do better but performance-wise over the two matches, we deserved to win. For today, there is a lot to improve.”

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