Three things Thomas Tuchel must improve at Chelsea after first win vs Burnley

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Chelsea handed Thomas Tuchel his first win as head coach by beating Burnley 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, but the new boss would have seen plenty of room for improvement

Thomas Tuchel is up and running as Chelsea head coach after edging past Burnley in a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.

After being held to a 0-0 draw with Wolves on his debut in midweek, Tuchel needed to claim three points against the Clarets ahead of a crucial trip to Tottenham on Thursday.

Five minutes before half-time Cesar Azpilicueta fired them in front, sweeping the ball past Nick Pope and into the top-left corner to cap a free-flowing Blues move, before Marcos Alonso volleyed home a sensational second in the 84th minute.

It was hardly a stellar performance from the hosts, nevertheless, and Tuchel will need to address three noticeable issues before their next outing.


Chelsea handed Thomas Tuchel his first win as head coach by beating Burnley 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, but the new boss would have seen plenty of room for improvement (Image: POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

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Thomas Tuchel is up and running as Chelsea head coach after edging past Burnley in a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.

After being held to a 0-0 draw with Wolves on his debut in midweek, Tuchel needed to claim three points against the Clarets ahead of a crucial trip to Tottenham on Thursday.

Five minutes before half-time Cesar Azpilicueta fired them in front, sweeping the ball past Nick Pope and into the top-left corner to cap a free-flowing Blues move, before Marcos Alonso volleyed home a sensational second in the 84th minute.

It was hardly a stellar performance from the hosts, nevertheless, and Tuchel will need to address three noticeable issues before their next outing.

Chelsea handed Thomas Tuchel his first win as head coach by beating Burnley 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, but the new boss would have seen plenty of room for improvement (Image: POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Tempo

Towards the end of Frank Lampard’s reign Chelsea became quite an unenjoyable team to watch, moving the ball from side to side with a mind-numbingly low tempo and struggling to break down most sides in the top half.

The first two matches of Tuchel’s reign have provided similar levels of captivation, with countless sideway and backwards passes between the likes of Antonio Rudiger, Thiago Silva and Jorginho meaning there is little speed to the Blues’ game.

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Thomas Tuchel is up and running as Chelsea head coach after edging past Burnley in a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.

After being held to a 0-0 draw with Wolves on his debut in midweek, Tuchel needed to claim three points against the Clarets ahead of a crucial trip to Tottenham on Thursday.

Five minutes before half-time Cesar Azpilicueta fired them in front, sweeping the ball past Nick Pope and into the top-left corner to cap a free-flowing Blues move, before Marcos Alonso volleyed home a sensational second in the 84th minute.

It was hardly a stellar performance from the hosts, nevertheless, and Tuchel will need to address three noticeable issues before their next outing.

Chelsea handed Thomas Tuchel his first win as head coach by beating Burnley 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, but the new boss would have seen plenty of room for improvement (Image: POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Tempo

Towards the end of Frank Lampard’s reign Chelsea became quite an unenjoyable team to watch, moving the ball from side to side with a mind-numbingly low tempo and struggling to break down most sides in the top half.

The first two matches of Tuchel’s reign have provided similar levels of captivation, with countless sideway and backwards passes between the likes of Antonio Rudiger, Thiago Silva and Jorginho meaning there is little speed to the Blues’ game.

Between now and the end of the season, one of Tuchel’s biggest objectives will surely be to increase the pace and urgency at which his players move the ball.


One will surely be the speed at which his team move the ball, with the likes of Jorginho playing far too many slow passes sideways and backwards (Image: Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

End product

When Chelsea did manage to carve out some half-chances against Burnley, far too often they proved wasteful in front of goal.

Mason Mount squandered a number of decent opportunities in the first half, while Kovacic and Callum Hudson-Odoi were sometimes too hesitant in pulling the trigger altogether.

In the end they were put to shame by two defenders in Azpilicueta and Alonso, who showed them how it was done to ensure they returned to winning ways.

Sunday’s victory over Burnley was only the second time Chelsea have scored more than one goal in the Premier League since December 5, and Tuchel will hope to see a more ruthless end product from his attackers in future outings.

Werner’s confidence

The win also marked 13 league games without a goal for Timo Werner, who still appears devoid of confidence despite the recent managerial change.

The £54million recruit did show glimpses of quality that will encourage Tuchel, but he desperately needs to break his duck sooner or later and hope it inspires a consistent run of goals.

Next up for Tuchel and Chelsea is their mouthwatering showdown with Spurs on Thursday night.

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