Thomas Tuchel started his tenure as Chelsea boss with 10 unbeaten games after his side won in Liverpool on Thursday and sentenced the reigning champions to a fifth straight home defeat for the first time in their history.
Owner Roman Abramovich and his board of directors increasingly seem to have found the right manager for their talented and expensive assembled squad in Tuchel, although it is controversial in view of the 2020 Champions League finalist how much masterpiece the move can mean for them, not their first thought Choice to replace Frank Lampard in January.
Neither they nor the tactician will care after Chelsea conceded a fifth goal in sixth and a seventh win in nine in all competitions. It was rumored on social media that he had decided to leave Christian Pulisic and Kai Havertz on the bench just for the mainstay of Chelsea midfielder this season, English midfielder Mason Mount, with an excellent start at three minutes before the break to achieve.
Mount collected the ball outside the Liverpool penalty area on the left and pushed the ball to the right. He overtook the uncomfortable-looking Fabinho with apparent ease before bending an unstoppable shot into the left corner of goalkeeper Allison’s net to ensure Liverpool wouldn’t build on the first goal they conceded in eight games, beating Sheffield United on Sunday.
“It’s a huge win. Every win is big now,” a cheery Mount later told Sky Sports, admitting that he was delighted with a goal because Chelsea were concerned about not scoring enough.
“We had to be brave, push forward and try to get the ball back up. Most of the time their line of defense is pretty high and we tried to investigate.”
“I, Timo [Werner] and Hakim [Ziyech] tried to run after and in the end it paid off. I’m not the fastest, but I have a meter of pace.
“We want to keep pushing. We are in and around [the top four] and these are the games we want to win. “
Liverpool never really threatened. Home boss Jürgen Klopp showed up with his arms around Sadio Mane in the second half, hoping the Livewire striker would regain the form in which he scored both goals when his side won 2-0 at Chelsea in September.
18 – Only Manchester City (24) have earned more points than Chelsea (18) since Thomas Tuchel took over over eight games ago. Frank Lampard has only earned seven points in his last eight responsible games. Spark. pic.twitter.com/59Hdnt5ueb
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As it was, they had no shot on goal all night, and Werner, who was denied a goal by a VAR decision and who looked lively to attack with skillful movement and fast running, came the closest to a second and broke inside Free the penalty area on the left to shoot Allison’s legs in the second half.
“We had moments in which we had to suffer, but we never lost the discipline, attitude, the desire to defend and also the courage to defend in advance,” said Tuchel.
“When you play at Anfield, you can’t think about it. You don’t have time to think. That’s why we said to the players: ‘We need your best performance, but we don’t need anything special, very special.”
“‘We have to do things at the highest level – precision in passing and at distances where we want the ball. We have to have courage if we want to escape the pressure.’
“We knew we had to be ahead in all aspects of the game. They ask you a lot of questions and we had to have the answers.”
10 – Liverpool have only accumulated 10 points in 11 Premier League games in 2021, with only West Brom (nine), Newcastle (seven) and Southampton (four) accumulating fewer points since the turn of the year. Struggle. pic.twitter.com/6Zr36uOnJ8
– OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 4, 2021
Regarding the impact he had in his early days at the club, Tuchel said: “From the very first moments I feel like a big part of this group, the entire club.
“We try to help in the best possible way and we look forward to the team proving its qualities.”
Reds fans who feel they have missed the joy of congratulating their winning team at Anfield now have the consolation of knowing they haven’t seen the worst home defeats in the club’s history.
Had they been able to play home games this year, they would have seen a goal in six games – a penalty from Mohamed Salah in the 4-1 drubbing of Manchester City – as part of a 10-hour run without an open Play gate.
Unable to find the net for a straight third division game, top scorer Salah shook his head in visible frustration as he sat in the stands after being replaced by just over 20 minutes in the second half.
2 – Chelsea have only conceded two goals in 10 games in all competitions under Thomas Tuchel, the same return as after 10 games under José Mourinho – the 10th game between both managers was a 1-0 win over Liverpool. Controlled. pic.twitter.com/Pv2khayfvk
– OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 4, 2021
After Liverpool saw Liverpool fall from eight points ahead of Manchester City to 22 points behind the leaders, a jaded Klopp said: “The individual quality of Mason in this one situation made all the difference. It was a close, intense game. Both teams had to invest a lot, and that’s about it.
“I would have to watch [the goal] back. I think we had enough players there, we were just too deep. If Mason walks in, you will not be able to defend inside the box or around the six yard box.
“You have to be in the realm of ending these situations. [Tottenham’s] Son does it that way, Mason does it that way, Sadio Mane does it that way. We didn’t do well there and the details determine these types of games.
“It’s the quality of Chelsea, it’s the first time Fabinho has played in a while. There are a lot of things to consider but … in the end we conceded a goal, we made a mistake.
“Everything was really good until the last pass. You’re close, but if you’re not close enough, it’s not even a chance.
Wow … According to @ MattCritchley1, Mo Salah got fired for Klopp yelling at him to come back and he was jogging instead. Klopp immediately turned to his bench to discuss how to undress it. 😳😳😳 pic.twitter.com/W7UNTD0czu
– Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) March 4, 2021
“I know we’ve lost a lot of games now. We know [that]. It’s not about Anfield or whatever. It happens too often in general. We have to improve in the crucial moments.
“It’s a big blow. If you lose so many games, you don’t have the right to go to the Champions League. That’s how it is: we have to win football games.”
Defender Andy Robertson hasn’t glossed over Liverpool’s form. “We cannot rely on the past,” he warned. “Last season is over, last season is over. We weren’t nearly good enough the way a Liverpool team should play or pick up the results we should pick up.”
“We have to sort this out, we have to start winning games. If we do that we can start climbing on the table. It’s just not good enough and right now the games are running out.
“We have to start collecting points on the board and putting pressure on the people above us. People will think we’re down and we have to start collecting results to show them we are not. Right now we are not doing that. “
Liverpool were unbeaten at home in 68 games before Burnley defeated them in January. They are now seven without a win at Anfield and their crisis is so great that even Fulham, who fought Tottenham the previous Thursday, will be a possible threat if they visit on Sunday.
Just an early Tosin Adarabioyo own goal brought Spurs to victory after weathering late pressure from the hosts and that was enough for coach Jose Mourinho, whose side improved with three wins in a week in poor form.
Elsewhere, Everton continued their beautiful season, temporarily beating Chelsea by winning 1-0 at penultimate West Brom.
Brazil international Richarlison led the 65th-minute winner for Carlo Ancelotti, keeping them tight in the competition for fourth place that Chelsea are aiming for next season for guaranteed Champions League football.
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