Premier League Roundup: Thomas Tuchel secures first win as Chelsea boss; Brighton stun Tottenham for first home win

Thomas Tuchel in his second attempt as Chelsea manager finally got his first win as goals from Cesar Azpilicueta and the recalled Marcos Alonso helped his side see off Burnley 2-0.

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Cezar Azpilicueta who is playing under his eighth Blues manager led by example by finishing off a fine flowing move five minutes before half-time to open the scoring at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea’s left-back Marcus Alonso who was making his first start since September after being frozen out under the previous boss Frank Lampard then sealed the victory late on with a fine strike.

The win ensures Chelsea move up to seventh in the Premier League, while Burnley slip to 16th in the table below Newcastle on goals scored.

Watch the highlights of the match below

Thomas Tuchel said: “It was a very complete display, both offensively and defensively. We only managed to concede one shot, which was absolutely amazing. At the same time, we never lost patience with the ball, controlled the game, created a lot of chances, put the game high up on the pitch with very good counter pressing.

“So there was a lot of good on the pitch out there and for that, I am very happy we got this well-deserved win.

“If we can find a starting XI that can guarantee us winning 20 in a row, we will not change, but it is very unlikely this will happen. So we will need everybody, but I am only some days in.

“We decided very late on the back three and the two sixes will stay because of the impact we expected from Burnley and they did very well. And we did some changes offensively, just to do them to have some different type of players with different characteristics on the pitch.

“And at the same time, to give everyone the chance to show up in competitions. Right now, every player has a right to start for us because I’m very happy with the quality, intensity and devotion in training and the games so far.

“So it is super-hard selections, or maybe at the same time super easy as I give everybody the chance to show up and maybe that is why there were a little bit more surprises than usual.”

Stats and facts from the match (Backed by Opta)

  • Chelsea have picked up four consecutive wins in all competitions against Burnley for the first time since December 1982.
  • Burnley have failed to score in seven of their last nine away Premier League games, netting only two goals in the process.
  • Thomas Tuchel is the first Chelsea manager to keep a clean sheet in each of his first two Premier League games in charge since Rafael Benitez in November 2012.
  • Chelsea have lost one of their 14 Premier League games against Burnley (W10 D3), losing 2-3 on the opening day of the 2017-18 season at Stamford Bridge as reigning champions.
  • Burnley’s first shot of the game didn’t arrive until 94th minute – their longest ever wait for their first shot of a single Premier League game.
  • Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta has scored his first Premier League goal in 376 days since netting against Arsenal in January 2020. Chelsea have yet to lose a Premier League game in which the Spaniard has scored (W5 D4).
  • Mason Mount (22y 21d) made his 50th Premier League start today, becoming the youngest English player to reach 50 PL starts for Chelsea since John Terry in April 2002 (21y 124d).

Brighton 1-0 Tottenham: The Seagulls secure their first home win of the season in shock win over Spurs

Brighton 1-0 Tottenham

Brighton boosted their chances of surviving the drop into the SkyBet Championship after securing their first home success of the season with a 1-0 victory over a lacklustre Tottenham.

Graham Potter’s side played better in the first half, but only had Leandro Trossard’s 17th-minute strike to show for their dominance.

Spurs, who handed Gareth Bale just his second Premier League start since his return to the club in place of the injured Harry Kane, struggled for any sort of rhythm.

It even took them until the 75th minute to get their first real chance.

Brighton ensured they protected their lead and ultimately move seven points clear of the relegation zone following the win, while the result means Spurs, who have suffered back-to-back defeats in the league, stay sixth.

Watch the highlights of the match below

 

Managers reactions…

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho said: “I saw two different halves; the first half, where I saw immediately we made two mistakes in a row. They hit the post from one, the other one was a goal. The boys felt too much the goal that we conceded in the first half. It was a sad half. In the second half, especially in the last 30 minutes, I saw a team with a different soul.

“I saw a team that was ready to give everything and was ready to gamble everything. To finish the way we did, probably the boys deserved more than what we got. The last feeling is usually the one that you take home, so I leave with positive feelings because my boys showed in the last 30 minutes that they wanted anything but a defeat.

“We didn’t start well and my team was a bit sad. To concede a goal at the beginning of the game brought even more sadness, and knocked our self-esteem. The team was suffering but the second half saw a completely different attitude. We were trying everything and the spirit in the second half was good.

“Some individuals were suffering with fatigue, but they tried until the last second. A defeat brings always a bad feeling, and the performance wasn’t very good, but I leave with a positive feeling towards my boys.”

Premier League Matchday 21 results

Sunday 31st January

  • Chelsea 2-0 Burnley
  • Leicester City 1-3Leeds United
  • West Ham United 1-3 Liverpool
  • Brighton and Hove Albion 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur
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