Report and highlights when Thomas Tuchel recorded his first win as Chelsea head coach; Goals every half from captain Cesar Azpilicueta and the recalled Marcos Alonso help keep Burnley off at Stamford Bridge. Blues move up to seventh place in the Premier League
Football Journalist –
Thomas Tuchel recorded his first win for Chelsea as goals from Cesar Azpilicueta and the recalled Marcos Alonso helped his side beat Burnley 2-0.
Chelsea captain Azpilicueta, who is under his eighth Blues manager finished a smooth play five minutes before break to open the goal at Stamford Bridge.
Alonso, who made his first start since September after being frozen under previous boss Frank Lampard, sealed the game Victory late with a nice goal (84).
As a result, Chelsea moved up to seventh place in the Premier League, while Burnley slipped to 16th place in the table under Newcastle due to the goals scored.
Chelsea : Mendy (6), Alonso (8), Rüdiger (7), Silva (6), Azpilicueta (8), Jorginho (7), Kovacic (6), Mount (8), Hudson-Odoi (9), Abrahamm ( 6), Werner (6)
Subs: Pulisic (8), James (6), Havertz (6)
Burnley: Pope (6), Lowton (6), Tarkowski (8), Mee (6), Pieters (6), McNeil (6), Westwood (6), Cork (6), Brady (6), Vydra (6 )), Wood (6)
Subs: Gudmundsson (6), Rodriguez (6), Mumbongo (6)
Man of the game: Callum Hudson-Odoi
Tuchel’s Chelsea reign began with a lukewarm goalless draw with Wolves mid-week when all eyes were on the new man’s first line-up, and the German raised some eyebrows again when the team sheet was in West London The most surprising thing was the inclusion of Spanish left-back Alonso, who started ahead of England international Ben Chilwell, and there were also places in his starting XI for Mason Mount, Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham.
Werner’s fights in front of goal went on, however, and the striker fired horribly just before the half hour when he was set up by the formidable Callum Hudson-Odoi, although that frustration was soon forgotten when Chelsea took the lead.
Jorgino started the noticeable movement deep in his own half before Mount took over and after moving forward he again looked for Hudson-Odoi on the right side of the Before the striker slipped in Azpilicueta.
The right-back had a lot of work to do to hit Nick Pope from an acute angle, but his powerful shot flew past the English goalkeeper, albeit with the help of a slight distraction from Erik Pieters.
That goal seemed to put the hosts at ease and it was one-way traffic in the second half – the visitors didn’t get a shot on goal in the entire 90th game – as Tuchel’s team searched for the all-important second goal to get the Ending game that eventually came in a style.
New boss Thomas Tuchel brought both Mason Mount and Timo Werner in two of four changes after the goalless midweek draw with Wolves.
Marcos Alonso and Tammy Abraham started with the other two changes, with Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech and Olivier Giroud being canceled. However, Ziyech was not in the squad for the day of the game.
Sean Dyche paired Matej Vydra with Chris Wood for the Clarets, with Jack Cork starting in midfield.
Christian Pulisic, who was substituted on at halftime by the man he was working under at Borussia Dortmund, broke off to the left and crossed Alonso, who was juggling the ball before finding the net from a narrow angle with a spectacular volley .
And it was all smiles to the point when Chelsea finished three home games without a win to get the Tuchel regime up and running.
⚽️ After Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta both scored their first goals of the season today Chelsea’s 35 PL goals were split between 15 different goalscorers. Pic.twitter.com/8fnsjcp2tm
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