Thomas Tuchel has admitted that it was a tactical decision to bring Reece James into the starting XI for Chelsea’s clash against Spurs.
Callum Hudson-Odoi had started both of Tuchel’s matches in charge at right wing-back, but James came into the team for the trip to North London with tammy Abraham dropping to the bench.
James played his part in the first half which saw Chelsea dominate, as the defender put in a number of dangerous crosses.
Tuchel admitted before the game that it was a tactical choice to change the shape slightly against Mourinho’s side, and that the chance to go up against the likes of Mourinho and Spurs was the reason he joined Chelsea.
“[It’s] why I joined the Premier League, I enjoyed my first two matches and we are here to win,” Tuchel told BT Sport.
“[Clean sheets] gives everybody a good feeling, not only the players but the staff at the side of the pitch too. We have been brave in defending and put in a lot of effort as a team.
“A little bit, a little bit [of a change in shape], but this is what we have in the pocket and this is what we can decide because we have a squad of many good players that we have, and they deserve to play. So we change from game to game, what we think suits us best. Today is Reece’s turn to show up and I hope he can.”
Tuchel admitted it was a slight relief not to be playing against Harry Kane, with the Spurs striker out injured, but added that the uncertainty over how Spurs would respond brings its own problems.
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