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Thomas Tuchel picks out surprise ‘amazing’ player at Spurs as Chelsea receive Jadon Sancho boost

Here is your Chelsea morning digest for Friday, February 5.

‘Amazing’ Edouard Mendy

“Well it is also our quality, we have played very strong in the build-up with the back three, who are playing with confidence,” Thomas Tuchel said when asked whether his three games so far against teams playing with little ambition was what he expected from English football.

“Don’t forget today Edou [Mendy] was amazing in opening up situations for us when we were under pressure, he did an excellent game.

“Like I said the back three, also with Andreas coming in during a difficult situation, was amazing. The two sixes between Kovacic and Jorginho played very well together.

“Also, it was hard to press us high up the pitch because we had the quality and the confidence so this is the aim. If we have the quality to bring the game into the opponent’s half, attack deep and be encouraged and structured enough to have short distances to counter press because mistakes always happen, this is the goal.

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“The better we do it, the harder it is to defend and we defended today against Bergwijn, Son, Lamela and Sissoko and all their guys with intensity.

“It is a big effort to do it, it is never easy, I totally assure you. I have seen now, in three games, three intense matches and I saw a high intensity for us with the ball and that is what I care about.

“I have no expectations about other teams and we still have to improve.”

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