07 Feb Mount, Werner each 8/10 as Chelsea win third straight below Tuchel
Chelsea made it three wins in a row below new boss Thomas Tuchel because of a slender 2-1 victory away at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane on Sunday. The victory sees the Blues climb into fifth place alongside West Ham United on 39 factors.
It was a hard-fought recreation in chilly situations and it took a second of magic from Mason Mount to interrupt the impasse, the in-form attacking midfielder displaying intelligent motion and a good higher end to transform Timo Werner’s cut-back.
Sheffield United drew degree towards the run of play — and considerably fortuitously — when Antonio Rudiger handed the ball into his personal web. Nevertheless, the Blades weren’t degree for lengthy, with Jorginho changing from the spot following Aaron Ramsdale’s foul on Timo Werner.
Chelsea held on because of Rudiger recovering from his earlier mistake to contribute two key blocks.
Timo Werner has been criticised for his type, or lack of it, this season, however Tuchel might be delighted with the German’s power. Werner seemed vigorous all through, had a hand in each targets, and was within the working for Man of the Match with a confidence-boosting show. Additionally, Chelsea additionally closed the out recreation successfully, which confirmed glorious recreation administration.
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The Blues struggled to discover a well beyond United’s excessive line, and it was laborious to see the place a purpose would come from till Mount’s second of magic.
Supervisor score out of 10
7 — Thomas Tuchel began with a 3-4-Three formation and utilised Ben Chilwell and Reece James on the flanks. Chilwell was extraordinarily efficient going ahead, although he left gaps on the again. Tuchel additionally appears to be getting the very best out of Mason Mount and Timo Werner. This was a gritty win, a recreation Chelsea might properly have misplaced or drawn below Frank Lampard.
Participant rankings (1-10; 10 = greatest. Gamers launched after 70 minutes get no score)
GK Edouard Mendy, 5 — The Senegalese goalkeeper had little or no to do and seemed good for an 11th clear sheet… till a second of insanity noticed him rush out and watch in horror as Antonio Rudiger’s again cross went previous him and into the web.
DF Cesar Azpilicueta, 5 — A irritating efficiency from Azpilicueta who typically bumped into pockets of house however then handed the ball sideways to gradual Chelsea’s assault. He seemed comfy on the ball till he received into decisive areas.
DF Andreas Christensen, 5 — Christensen got here on to interchange the injured Thiago Silva and Chelsea’s defence seemed shakier for it. His partnership with Rudiger did not encourage confidence, notably when up towards United’s excessive press.
DF Antonio Rudiger, 6 — Rudiger had seemed strong till a calamitous second when, as Sheffield United broke into the world, he handed the ball into his web previous the onrushing Mendy. Fortunately, he was bailed out moments later when Chelsea retook the lead. And to be truthful to him, he additionally made two key blocks later on.
MF Reece James, 6 — Taking part in without any consideration wing-back, James went about his enterprise quietly and successfully. He did not at all times make the fitting choice on the ball, however he was strong and at all times seemed to get ahead.
MF Jorginho, 6 — The 29-year-old was crushed far too simply at instances within the center and, on one event, prompted Christensen to present away a free kick in a harmful space. Nevertheless, he held his nerve to attain the profitable purpose from the spot; his penalty properly taken.
MF Mateo Kovacic, 6 — Kovacic performed a pleasant by means of ball to Werner contained in the opening 10 minutes however this was a typical Kovacic efficiency; he did every part properly in the course of the park however then let himself down within the closing third, both with a wayward cross or poor shot.
MF Ben Chilwell, 7 — Chilwell ought to most likely have finished higher when he had a free header following a Mount free kick early on. He made some good attacking runs down the left-hand aspect and performed a pleasant ball to Werner within the build-up to the opening purpose.
FW Mason Mount, 8 — Mount linked properly with these round him and received between the traces to trigger the house aspect issues. He confirmed glorious motion to open the scoring, changing into the underside nook on the stroke of half-time.
FW Olivier Giroud, 4 —The Frenchman was largely nameless and he was compelled to drop deeper to try to get into the sport. He had a tricky battle with John Egan earlier than limping off within the second half.
FW Timo Werner, 8 — The German’s motion was spectacular all night, notably reducing in from the flanks, and he contributed to each Chelsea’s targets. First, he minimize the ball again for Mount to attain the primary, after which he was introduced down for Chelsea to retake the lead from the spot.
MF Marcos Alonso, 6 — Regarded assured when he got here on though it wasn’t at all times clear the place he was enjoying! Generally discovered himself within the false 9 place.
MF Callum Hudson-Odoi, 7 — Hudson-Odoi linked up properly with James and Mount and, in addition to trying harmful going ahead, he confirmed nice willingness to cowl in defence. A few of his passing was glorious.
MF N’Golo Kante, N/R — The Frenchman had an awesome probability to shoot late on however as a substitute opted to cross and the assault broke down. Stable within the center.