After a goalless first half, the Blues came back fighting to win the derby 3-0 against the North Londoners with goals from Thiago Silva, N’Golo Kante and Antonio Rudiger
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has divulged details of his half-time team talk in the dressing room at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium that resulted in his side winning the London derby 3-0.
After a goalless first half with no shots on targets, the visitors returned to the pitch looking a different outfit altogether and secured a win over Tottenham thanks to goals from Thiago Silva, N’Golo Kante and Antonio Rudiger.
This continues the Blues exceptional form not just this season but playing away in the Premier League to Tottenham, having won the last three clashes.
Now manager Tuchel has detailed his critical team talk during the half time interval that proved the turning point of the match and allowed the Blues to secure their fifth league victory of the season.
“We spoke clearly about it at half time,” said the German. “I was absolutely not happy with the first 45 minutes. There were individual performances which were great in the first half from Kepa and Thiago Silva
“Even more players were good but in general we lacked intent, energy and relentless in duels and 50-50 balls.
“I had the feeling we wanted to impress by pure skills but in derbies like this it is not always about just skills. It is about aggression, winning duels and performing better as a team. In the second half it was a very good performance and a deserved win.”
The Blues were immediately in the driving seat from the start of the second half after Thiago Silva opened the goalscoring account four minutes after the re-start, after heading past Spurs stopper Hugo Lloris from a Marcos Alonso corner.
French midfielder Kante proved to be a brilliant second-half substitution and added a second goal to the tally just eight minutes later – his first league goal in 49 appearances.
German defender Rudiger’s shot into the bottom corner in injury time was the final nail in the coffin for Tottenham, whose defeat sent the Blues’ climbing to the top of the Premier League table jointly alongside Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
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Nuno Espirito Santo’s side managed just two shots on target throughout the game and struggled to gather momentum after falling behind, whereas no team in the Premier League has managed more shots on target than Chelsea did against Spurs, with all 10 happening during the second half.
This victory adds to Tuchel’s exceptional record so far as Chelsea manager since replacing Frank Lampard in January 2021, with a win record of nearly 65 per cent.
Another stat to note is that since the arrival of the German at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have kept 23 clean sheets; 19 from last season and four during the current season, which is the most kept by any club in the big five leagues in Europe.
The Blues are back in action on Wednesday in the EFL cup at home to Aston Villa before arguably their toughest fixture yet as they host Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.