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

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 a dominant performance from the hosts but hardly a stellar one, 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
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Tempo

Towards the end of Frank Lampard’s tenure 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 top-half defences.

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
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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…

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