Thomas Tuchel was happy with his player’s “outstanding effort” as Chelsea defeated Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge.
Prior to Sunday’s game against Spurs, Chelsea had won just two of their last eight Premier League games dating back to December 11.
Their hopes of winning the title were dealt a blow last weekend as they were beaten 1-0 by Man City. Tuchel’s side followed this defeat up by drawing 1-1 versus Brighton.
Chelsea started well against Tottenham but they could have easily gone into the break a goal behind. Harry Kane found the net but his effort was ruled out as the referee judged that he had fouled Thiago Silva in the build-up.
The Blues opened the scoring shortly after the restart. Hakim Ziyech scored a stunning goal as his strike nestled in the top corner.
Silva made it 2-0 shortly after as he headed the ball home from Mason Mount’s corner. It was plain sailing for Chelsea after that as they picked up an important three points.
Tuchel’s side are now ten points behind Man City, but the Premier League leaders have played a game less.
As quoted by BBC Sport, Tuchel said post-match that it is Chelsea’s “responsibility” to carry on “proving themselves”:
“We were working extremely hard for it and it was a tough match. The effort was outstanding and it was a deserved win. It is so hard to create chances against them but we were relentless and kept on believing,” Tuchel said.
“Keep on going, there was no need for changes, just some details of when to take the risk and when not.”
On Kane’s disallowed goal: “I didn’t see it. Live I thought it was a goal and was surprised.”
On Ziyech’s goal: “I was right behind it! I had the feeling it was a bit too high but it dropped at the right second. It was a brilliant goal. His technique was brilliant.
“The table is the table, it is our responsibility to prove ourselves every third day. Now we have a break and it was important to go into this break with a performance we want. We needed this but needed also to do things better. The guys are very tired because it was a long run for us.”
On his first year in charge: “A good year, a nice year. I feel very good because it feels still like the first day, nothing has changed, it is exactly the right place to be. I feel an enormous amount of support – hopefully many more years to come.”