Tuchel could be happier as the Blues defeat Tottenham 3-0.
3-0 in a game that didn’t have any goals in the first half. The Blues had only one shot in the first half, which shows the difference between their performance in the two halves, and their boss
admits that they didn’t have a good performance in the first half, but he is happy with his men in the second half.
Asked if it was a game of two halves, he told Sky Sports:
"Yes it was, you're absolutely right. I was absolutely not happy with the first 45 minutes.
"There were individual performances which were great in the first half from Kepa [Arrizabalaga] and Thiago Silva. Even more players were good but in general we lacked intent and energy 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.
"We spoke clearly about it at half-time. In the second half it was a very good performance and a deserved win in the second half. It was a very good reaction so I am happy with the performance in the second half."
The German manager says that the fact that
arrived late to the game had some impact on their performance in the first half.
"I was not concerned but it is strange when your player arrives late. He had some [coronavirus] passport issues. It was like this in the first half. We were there but not fully there. I was glad we were able to overcome these situations.
"We are competitive and we want to be competitive. It is no excuse to say we are not ready. We want to produce results and we can. It's what we want at the club.
"We want to win. We are competitive in this level to win already but we still have things to improve. The first half was proof of that.
"It's good to have these hard situations now and to overcome them. We are able to produce deserved wins so it's a good basis to keep on going."
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